Marita Bullock and Joan-Maree Hargreaves (Hachette Australia) 2021, 57pp, RRP $29.99

Bullock, Hargreaves and illustrator Liz Rowland’s lovely tome is short and sweet, and although apparently intended for children it’s, nevertheless, surely appealing enough for just about anyone.

A tiptoe through the many and colourful festivals of the world, this includes entries upon: Anastenaria, Northern Greece’ firewalking ritual; the birthday of Guru Nanak, a founding father of Sikhism; Bunya Dreaming on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast (on January 26 if you’d like to attend next year); ‘Carnevale Di Venezia’, of course; Mexico’s ‘Día De Muertos’; India’s always fabulous Diwali; Konaki Sumo, the Japanese crying-baby festival; and, naturally, good old Easter and Christmas.

It’s all straightforward yet entertaining stuff, and it should make you nostalgic for a pre-COVID-19 time when we could freely travel around the world. And maybe we will again sometime.


Dave Bradley

This title is available through the Hachette Australia website. Click HERE to purchase your copy.

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