The Storm (Hard Copy)
Set in the Australian tropics, this is a touching story about the adventures of a baby bat who experiences a cyclone alone, but finds courage and strength after making friends with a group of Australian native animals. The narrative takes the reader on a journey through a range of experiences and emotions which will be enjoyed by all ages. The combination of imagery depicted by the captivating illustrations, the revealing of key values and life lessons, and I.B. Gumnut’s classic rhyming prose, has all the makings of an Australian classic.
The idea for this book came soon after Cyclone Marcia in 2015. It was originally going to be about some animals on a houseboat caught in a storm, but it turned into a story about a little bat who becomes separated from his mother. Ben had observed baby bats clinging to their mothers soon after the cyclone had devasted parts of Queensland, where he was living at the time. It’s a lovely little tale that brings home the messages of fortitude and family.