Reviewed By  Janet Mawdesley       March 8, 2018


Author  Mike Dumbleton, illustrated by Robin Cowcher

Distributor:      A&U Childrens
ISBN:                 9781760296735
Publisher:         A&U Childrens
Release Date:   March 2018  

Website:    https://www.allenandunwin.com 

Digger was a very much loved little kangaroo who went to war; he was there in the trenches of France. He found a home in his beloved owners pocket when he went to war, a long time ago, as a soldier serving in the Australian Army, or as it was then called the Australian Infantry Forces, formed to help Britain fight against the horror of the German Army.

Annie owned Digger first and when her brother James was going away to fight, she very carefully stitched the name Digger on him and gave him to James. James was injured and so was Digger. But James recovered from his wounds, Digger was lovingly repaired and both returned to the front.

When Digger finally returned to Australia he has been lovingly repaired once again by Collette, one of the girls who looked after James and Digger the first time they were injured.

The story of James and Digger and the tragedy of the First World War has been beautifully told and is a ‘quiet reminder of the casualties of war and a tribute to the French children who once tended the graves of the Australian soldiers who dies on the Western Front in the Heroic battle for Villers-Bretonneux in April 1918’.

Heart-warmingly poignant this is a story that tells a tale of family, friendship and the bonds that can form even though the people involved are so far, far away.

The words are beautifully crafted, the illustrations bring the poignancy of the situation to life once again in, a fitting and loving tribute to all who went, gave and served so very far away from their loved ones, and still do so today.