Crikey mate, are you a fan of Australian adventures? What about a book where you learn about life in the outback from a child who grew up at the Australia Zoo? I should probably mention the author is also Bindi Irwin, the daughter of the late Steve Irwin (aka The Crocodile Hunter). One of my first book reviews, when I first started blogging, was the memoir that Terri Irwin wrote about her life with Steve. TechyDad and I used to watch Steve’s show and later our boys loved seeing him (along with Bindi) on the Wiggles DVD where they learned about Australian animals. As you can see in this video below from The Pet Collective, Bindi really has her father’s passion for animals within her zoo home.
As a long time fan of the Irwin Family, I knew that Terri, Bindi, and her younger brother Robert had been working hard to keep the legacy of Steve alive and well. Bindi is now an author, television personality, and clothing designer. We have watched her grow up and take on her role as a nature conservationist. When Sourcebooks contacted me to tell me about her latest book Croc Capers: Bindi Wildlife Adventures, I immediately agreed to review the book.
Croc Capers: Bindi Wildlife Adventures (#7) – Written by Bindi Irwin with Chris Kunz – Sourcebooks Jabberwocky – On sale August 1, 2012 – ISBN 9781402273735 – Paperback 112 pages – Ages 7+ – $4.99
The book begins with Bindi and her younger brother Robert out in the nature reserve. They are there with their family to study crocodiles. While wandering around the reserve and watching cockatoos, they find a campsite with two people. Over time, they befriend the young girl and her father. Bindi and Robert overhear some bad news and it becomes their quest to educate and save their beloved area named for their father. Will they be able to make it happen? You will have to read Croc Capers to find out.
This is the seventh book in the Bindi Wildlife Adventures series. JSL and I decided to read it together. He is about to start kindergarten and loves reading small chapter books together. Even though we had not read the other books in the series, we were able to follow along with no problems. JSL loved that Bindi and Robert were talking about Cockatoos. He could relate to them because Nana and Papa have one of these native Australian birds. The book kept both of us guessing and wondering how Bindi and Robert would save the day. The writing is easy to follow and has a lot of educational tid-bits. I know that the extra “Animal Fact File” was great to continue JSL’s interest. He has actually asked me to look for more of the books and found them in our local book store.
I would definitely recommend these books for fans of the Irwin family, animals, or kids that want to read something a little different. I am sure there will be more of Bindi’s adventures during story time in our house as we get ready for kindergarten.
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Disclosure: I received this book complimentary of Sourcebooks in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was given. The opinions expressed in the review are my own. An Amazon Affiliate link is included in this post for the book mentioned. I will receive a percentage of money for the sale should you opt to buy the book through that link.