Allen & Unwin

July 2005

$14.95 AU

195p pb

ISBN: 978-1741146554

US edition

Front Street

April 2008

$16.95 US

201p hc

ISBN: 978-1590784990

Naked Bunyip Dancing

Steven Herrick

from the book...

What a crazy class! And what a funny, unpredictable year - the year of Naked Bunyip Dancing - when the kids in Class 6C find out who they are, what they're good at, and how to put on a  fantastic show. With Carey the Hairy as their teacher, the students in Class 6C are trying out strange, new activities - from writing punk poetry to belly dancing. The night of the class concert will undoubtedly be one of the best nights of their lives.

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Meet class 6C in Steven Herrick’s new verse novel, Naked Bunyip Dancing. They have a new teacher, Mr Carey with his beard and poetry reading ways. We meet 10 class members and although this is a lot of characters the poem title includes their name and after a while you get to know them. The major event in the year for the class is the 6C concert which is where each person shines. There is a class rap, poetry recital, juggling, dance and more. Find out the ups and downs, highs and lows, romances and break ups of a bunch of Year 6 kids. It’s funny and heart warming. The use of verse to tell the story is very effective and makes for easy reading. A fun read for 10 to 14 year olds.

Ethan, Canberra, Australia

Naked Bunyip Dancing is one of many verse novels written by Steven Herrick. It tells the story of Class 6C and their wacky teacher, Mr. Carey, who has a long beard and pony tail and likes poetry, yoga, and Bob Dylan. Class 6C consists of a mixture of personalities, including Billie the punk, Emily the dancer, Jason the kisser, Ahmet the soccer god, Sophie the poet, J-man (Jackson) the rapper, Michael the raffle man, Anna the next Beyonce, Alex the artist, Peter the farter. They are preparing for the big event of the year: a concert that was produced by them in co-curricular activities.

I didn’t mind this book but would prefer to read a book based on an older class, like 15 or 16 year olds. I think people aged 10 to 14 would most enjoy reading this if they like reality school based novels. I rate this verse novel 3 out of 5.

Tegan, Year 8, Canberra, Australia

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