Whatcha Building?

by Andrew Daddo

Illustrated by Stephen Michael King

On Sale: 22/05/2017



About the Book


- ReadPlus

The old milk bar on the corner is coming down to make way for something new. Little Davey Durak is gathering scrap - a short piece of wood here, a long piece there.

But what's Davey building? Bruce the builder wants to know, but Davey won't tell ...

Bestselling author Andrew Daddo and award-winning illustrator Stephen Michael King come together for the first time to bring you this very special picture book.


'Whatcha Building is a gentle tale of a little person with a big environmental message. There are many layers to unpack, explore and simply enjoy. Highly recommended across the Primary years.' MAGPIES

'a multi-layered book about how our world is changing around us ... There are many themes and ideas presented here that will initiate a variety of conversations and explorations, especially regarding how the world is changing, what is being lost and what we should try to hold on to.' READPLUS

'A fantastic new offering from two remarkable talents' KIDS' BOOK REVIEW

'Whatcha Building? relays a wonderful message of community and awareness of recycling and sustainability. The text and illustrations are carefully considered whilst absolutely entertaining us at the same time. A down-to-earth book to share with dads; a reading experience that is sure to be recycled over and over.' BOOMERANG BOOKS

'loved the imaginative use of recycled materials in the illustrations, reflecting the preservation of community. This book provides avenues for conversation and reflection, and encourages children to respect their community and maintain its history.' READING TIME

'Young readers will have fun trying to predict what it is that Davey is building while others will relate to their neighbourhood slowly but surely changing as "progress" comes to town.' THE BOTTOM SHELF

'I love the illustrations in this story as they not only accompany the text but they add more depth to each page. Stephen Michael King has used recycled garbage, cardboard, pen and ink to create the illustrations and this combination brings life to the story.' EDUCATE. EMPOWER.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780733334153
  • ISBN 10: 0733334156
  • Imprint: ABC Books - AU
  • On Sale: 22/05/2017
  • Pages: 32
  • List Price: 24.99 AUD
  • Age: From 3 years
  • BISAC1: JUVENILE FICTION / Recycling & Green Living *


Andrew Daddo is an author, columnist, broadcaster and TV presenter. He has written 25 books (including the bestselling Goodnight, Me), presents the Golf Show for Fox Sports, has a regular column in Golf Australia Magazine and creates podcasts for Mamamia Women's Network. Andrew lives on Sydney's northern beaches with his wife and three children.

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Stephen Michael King is an award-winning, internationally bestselling illustrator who has illustrated over eighty books. He has also written fifteen books, including You, Leaf and Mutt Dog! Stephen lives with his family and three dogs in a mud-brick house on a coastal island of New South Wales. To learn more about Stephen and his work, visit: www.stephenmichaelking.com

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