When the Waterhole Dries Up

In a dry outback town, a dusty young boy is filling up a bath. As he waits, the cheeky local native animals, whose waterhole has dried up, invade the bathtub. One by one they make a splash.

A splashing tale

A clumsy croc, an elegant emu, a dingo and a bouncy kangaroo are among the native Aussies jumping in for a refreshing tub.

But will the animals get along? Will it get too splashy? Will they use the bath toys? And, will the boy get to have a bath?

A fun-filled, rollicking read aloud

The repetitive text pattern and alliterative language provides a fun-filled read aloud that gets more and more chaotic as the story progresses. Sure to have kids chuckling along as the story builds to a splash-filled crescendo that speaks of friendship and fun.

Brilliantly captured by illustrator, Max Hamiltion, who brings out the joy, humour, characterisation and chaos, all while capturing the warm and earthy tones of the outback.

Sure to make a splash!

There are wonderful opportunities for early educators and librarians to talk and run activities about Australian animals, drought, and the wonder of the vast outback. 

As a shortlisted book in the 2021 Speech Pathology Australia Book Awards, the book can assist speech pathologists and parents in communication and literacy development. Or, simply enjoyed as a fun story for the entire family.


Author: Kaye Baillie

Illustrator: Max Hamilton

Publisher: Windy Hollow Books, 2021

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