Topsy-turvy World


Non-fiction – Children (8 and up)


To the first Europeans who came to Australia, everything seemed topsy- turvy. Christmas was in summer. Trees shed their bark but not their leaves. Strange animals bounded across the landscape.

Topsy-turvy World takes a close look at Australia’s ‘strangest’ animals. Through stories about real historical characters and events, the experiences of explorers and early settlers are brought to life. Each story is followed by factual information on the true nature of fifteen iconic Australian animals.

Topsy-turvy World is extensively illustrated with beautiful, original 18th and 19th Century artwork from the collections of the National Library of Australia.



  • CBCA Book of the Year Honour Book 2013 - Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

Reviews of Topsy-turvy World

  • “…this beautifully presented book should grace the shelves of every library in Australia, be it school, public or home.”
    Vicki Stanton – Buzz Words
  • “… a truly stunning book that should earn a place in every child's home.”
    Tania McCartney – Kids Book Review

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