An exciting new addition to the narrative non-fiction series Nature Storybooks, about red kangaroos.

Far inland, the sun floats on the waves of a bake-earth day. Big Red and his mob of kangaroos wait for night-time when they can search for food. Young male kangaroos wait too – ready to challenge Red and take his place as leader.


A compelling account, written with sophisticated, descriptive language, and enlightening charcoal and digital media illustrations to match

Boomerang Books Blog

Just three page turns and Byrne’s dramatic charcoal and digital collages propel readers into one night in the life of Red, a large Australian kangaroo.

The Horn Book

The digital and charcoal art is simply stunning, with a smudgy angularity reminiscent of the late Glen Rounds but an immersive, otherworldly earthiness all its own, and both the main text and the secondary explanatory text stand out strongly against the sandy pages.

Bulletin for the Centre of Children’s Books

Everything from the size of this book to the color and style of the artwork evokes the Land Down Under.

School Library Connection

A welcome addition to primary-grade nonfiction collections


a brilliant narrative non fiction book about kangaroos, with superb artwork. The story is very cleverly told in narrative and in non-fiction text.

774 ABC Melbourne Mornings

This book is an innovative addition to the children’s nonfiction genre

Books and Publishing

This is a high quality production and one which should do well in publicising Australia and her unique fauna.

Buzz Word Books

Big Red Kangaroo is a beautifully illustrated picture book that combines narrative and fact to create an accessible introduction to this fascinating creature

Junior Books and Publishing

A delightful text for littles loving to gather as many facts as possible.


The text and illustrations for this book are beautiful.

Deescribe Writing Blog


CBCA Book of the Year Awards, CBCA Award for New Illustrators
Queensland Literary Awards, Griffith University Children’s Book Award
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