This little roo went to market ill. by Mandy Foot
Lothian, 2015. ISBN 9780734415981
(Ages: 2-5) This is a fun Aussie version of This little piggy went to market in which Mandy Foot's illustrations take centre stage. Sweeping green and brown drawings beautifully portray the Australian outback with bright colours added within the animals clothing and houses. The animals themselves are realistically drawn, but with an added cuteness, and are humanised through their clothing and the activities they are taking part in (painting, cooking, cleaning). The pigs that inspired the tale have been replaced with Australian native animals (kangaroo, quokka, crocodile, platypus) and the story has been expanded to show that the other animals didn't go to the market because they were busy preparing Roo's surprise birthday party.
Large, bright text makes the story perfect for beginning readers as well as for sharing aloud with younger children.