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Naked Bunyip Dancing: The Story of Anna, Billy the Punk, J-man and Everyone Else [Paperback]

Steven Herrick

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12 Aug 2005
What a crazy class! And what a funny, unpredictable year - the year of Naked Bunyip Dancing! The kids in class 6C find out who they are, what they're good at, and how to put on a fantastic show.

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Steven Herrick is an Australian poet and author who has published twenty books for children and young adults. His books have twice won the NSW Premiers Literary Award (2000, 2005) and have been shortlisted seven times for Book of the Year in the Children's Book Council of Australia Book Awards.
He regularly tours throughout Australia, Asia and Europe performing his work in schools and at festivals.
in 2012, he published his first travel book, 'baguettes and bicycles: a cycling adventure across France.'
He is an avid football (soccer) fan and cyclist who lives in the Blue Mountains with his wife, Cathie. They have two adult sons, Jack and Joe.

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The most impressive of the children's and young adult verse novels we have had to date. (School Librarian )

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Steven Herrick was born in Brisbane, the youngest of seven children. At school his favourite subject was soccer, and he dreamed of football glory while he worked at various jobs, including fruit picking. Now he writes for children and teenagers and visits many schools each year. He loves talking to the students and their teachers about poetry and soccer. He lives in the Blue Mountains with his wife and two sons.

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4.0 out of 5 stars good novel in verse 18 Sep 2013
By Janine L. Yordy - Published on
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i enjoyed the various characters Herrick presented and getting to know them. There was a good use of humor, good relation to middle graders and maybe YA
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous poetry that will challenge and inspire 4 Feb 2012
By Katie's Mum - Published on
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My daughter (7) self confessed poetry obsessive came across this book at our local library. She adores it! So I read it - and now I am a huge fan too. In fact, this book has been borrowed by our family over and over again and all ages love it.
The poems are best read in order - as a book, allowing the story to emerge. However, individual poems can be picked out.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not his best 15 Oct 2010
By Simon - Published on
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Steven Herrick is a vastly underated author from Australia. Naked Bunyip Dancing is an easy to read and fun book for early teens. If you enjoy this book, seek out his 'By the River'. Much darker but wonderful imagery!
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful free verse novel on adolescence and school 9 Sep 2010
By Z Hayes - Published on
I had to read this for a graduate class and not being a fan of poetry made me assume that I would not like it. Well, I am glad to be proved wrong! I not only liked it, I absolutely loved it. In fact, as soon as I finished reading the loan book from my local library, I ordered one online as I would love to re-read it again and share it with others who might enjoy it. Yesterday, I read it aloud in the car and both my husband (who was driving) and kindergartener enjoyed it too!

The novel takes a look at class 6C in an Australian school (author/poet Steven Herrick is Australian). The students are anxious to meet their new teacher and when they do meet him, they are quite taken aback. Mr. Carey is unlike any other teacher they've had, with his unconventional approach to teaching (daily yoga sessions before lessons), and great love for poetry. As time progresses, each student begins to discover there's more to Mr. Carey than meets the eye, and discover individual strengths and hidden talents.

The novel is filled with humorous and at times poignant observations and the multiple point-of-view narration gives readers insight into each character. This is an excellent read aloud book and will inspire children (I would recommend this for ages 9 and up) to try their hand at composing free verse, and might just convert those previously averse to poetry!
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