Book reviews by Rebecca, National Year of Reading

Featured Book: Lightning Jack

Lightning Jack by Glenda Millard and illustrated Patricia Mullins. Published by Scholastic Australia, ISBN 9781741693911.
(A review copy of this book was sent to us by the publisher.)

Lightning Jack by Glenda Millard and Patricia Mullins

Sam Tully dares to ride the midnight horse, Lightning Jack—a stockman’s horse, a flying horse, a daring horse, a dancing horse. On the back of such a horse, magnificent feats are accomplished.

This tale is a modern-day bush ballad. The rhythm of the words keep the story moving along, like the galloping horse and—along with the poetic language—this makes Lightning Jack a fantastic book for reading out loud.

The illustrations feature the colours and scenes of the outback and capture the adventurous spirit of horse and rider. (The imprint page states that the illustrations are ‘created entirely from paper, meticulously blending coloured tissue, Japanese and Indian papers.’ Perhaps you could have a go at creating your own outback scene using torn papers.)

Like many good bush ballads, this tale has an unexpected ending. A great Australian picture book—add this one to your ‘must read’ list!

© March 2012 “Review of Lightning Jack by Glenda Millard & Patricia Mullins” by Rebecca Newman (Alphabet Soup magazine)

3 thoughts on “Featured Book: Lightning Jack”

  1. I just love Glenda Millard’s work. Her words never disappoint. The illustrations sound absolutely incredible.
    Will have to track this book down I think.

  2. A fabulous book, that moves like a horse, rhythmically taking the reader on a new adventure on each beautifully created page. The illustrator’s ‘Lightening Jack’ captures the true essence of a horses beauty and grace.The text reminds me of a Banjo Paterson ballad and cleverly brings in classic Australian characters from our past. I love it and this book has become my favourite and I know i will enjoy it for years to come.I am a ‘Pferdeschwester’!

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