In The Deep Red Desert

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Angie Lionetto-Civa & Christine Booth

In the Deep Red Desert explores the wildlife in the Australian dessert through the eyes of a Dingo with information on the animals included at the end of the book.

This book has featured on playschool! Great book for ages 3-7 years

About the Author & Illustrator

Angie Lionetto-Civa lives in Perth. She shares her life with her husband, their two children, her singing bird Jack, her dancing bird Oscar, her territorial cat Licorice, her adopted cat Whisky and her three chooks! Her passion is teaching children, writing books, reading autobiographies, catching up with her friends and walking. 

Illustrator Christina Booth works from her home based studio surrounded by her garden, family and pets. She is inspired by the natural environment and even though she lives a long way from the desert, loves that it just takes a book, a pencil and her imagination to transport her there. Christina is the author an illustrator of several books. Her most recent book is Kip. Christina lives in Tasmania

Angie and Christina have collaborated on two previous books, In the Deep Green Jungle and In the Deep blue Sea, both of which were notable books in the CBC Book of the Year Awards.


A review by Leanne Barrett

When we think about deserts we often think of a hot and sandy landscape devoid of life. In the Deep Red Desert reminds me how many different animals inhabit the landscape; dingos, kangaroos, finches, echidnas, honey pot ants, blue tongue lizards,  bilbies, witchetty grubs, a scorpion, snakes and beetles.
I love the combination of Angie and Christina’s work.
Angie’s simple words powerfully show how desert animals move, look or sound. The words will entice young readers to move and act out the different animals.
Christina’s illustrations made me feel that I was lying on the sand bring the desert animals up close to my nose. An animal’s shadow in the picture gives a clue to what animal will be on the next page. The colours of the landscape – red, blue, violet and brown – remind me of an Albert Namatjira watercolour painting.
For the more inquisitive mind Angie has included an information page of interesting little facts like, “The Greater Bilby swallows a large amount of soil along with its food”.
This story is a celebration of wildlife in the Australian desert. Plus there is the cutest little surprise at the end.



SKU 374.007.26

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