ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICKS ----- The northern part of the country waits for the rainy season. When the rains come, the landscape opens up, and the animals and environment are transformed. Simple and elegant text tells of the changes, and the lyrical and evocative illustrations by Fern Martins capture both the small details of plants and animals, and the transition from dry to wet. A celebration of the seasons; it would make a beautiful souvenir for visitors as well! Lindy Jones
Big Fella Rain is a celebration of northern Australia as animals, birds, trees and a parched earth await the first rain. It is almost as if country stands still as the sparse yet evocative text pays homage to the transition from dry season to wet season in a country that is like no other place in the world. Fern Martins illustrations seamlessly portray the dramatic skies, the thirsty animals and tiny creatures whose very existence rely on the monsoonal changes. Her exquisite rendering of the big landscape against the subtle shifts in the environment have a timeless quality that will capture the hearts of all readers.