Book Review

There’s an Ouch in my Pouch – Jeanne Willis & Garry Parsons

There's an Ouch in My Pouch - Janine Willis and Garry Parsons“What is the matter with Willaby Wallaby? Why is he sobbing and throwing a wobbly? 

Willaby Wallaby is not where he wants to be.”

This bonza billabong tale will have you giggling and wondering when Willaby Wallaby will be where he wants to be! 




I picked this up out of luck in my local bookshop, Storytellers Inc, on Bookshop Day last weekend. Spike actually pulled it off the shelf and I thought the title sounded cute. I then realised it was the same author as one of my favourite picture books!  I knew right then I would buy it but when the lovely Caroline said how much she loved it I knew I was making the right decision.


We got home and read it straight away. I was told that I would probably need an Aussie accent to get the full effect of this book across and after reading it that is so true!


The whole book rhymes but is a bit of a tongue twister. There are words in it that I’m not used to saying and that do twist you up a bit! But it makes reading it fun and Spike laughed more because of it.


The story itself is sweet and in places scary. I loved its main message and the ending made me a little bit teary. Its the perfect book for introducing the idea of growing up to your child, or the idea of another child invading their space!


The illustrations are perfect and I loved introducing Spike to animals she doesn’t see often through them. She liked how cute the animals seemed, until the Dingo came along at least!


Its definitely a book I know that is going to be loved for a very long time to come and one Spike loves!


There’s An Ouch in my Pouch was published in March 2008 by Puffin Books. My copy was purchased in my local bookshop. 


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Amazon | Hive | Goodreads | Author website | Illustrator website 

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