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Are We There Yet?: A Journey Around Australia

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  1,365 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
The year I turned eight, Mum and Dad took us on a trip around Australia. Luke, Billy and I missed school for the whole winter term.

Join Grace and her family on their adventurous and sometimes funny expedition. A warm, heartfelt story based on an actual journey undertaken by the much-loved, award-winning author and illustrator, Alison Lester.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 31st 2006 by Kane/Miller (first published 2004)
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Emma - Mybookcorner
Sep 11, 2011 Emma - Mybookcorner rated it it was amazing
This has given me itchy feet - there is nothing like Australia for travel, it's a must do activity ... over a long period of time ... with the family ... just like Grace in Are We There Yet?

Grace and her family hitch up their pop up camper trailer and head off, literally around Australia. Alison Lester picks out the quirky and interesting snippets of information about the different places, each is accompanied by bright pencil drawings.

With almost a cartoon style layout, with several pictures and
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

Could there be a better introduction to Australia? Grace and her family travel all around Australia. The book is written like a journal, with diagrams and observations about all the places the family visited, with a lovely chorus line (young brother Billy) of “Are we there yet?”

Heading south on the Tanami Track, the sand
was so deep our car got stuck. Everyone felt
hot and grouchy, and Mum was worried we’d
be stranded in the desert. Luke found a tiny
Thorny Devil, standing fierce
S10_Jessica Oster
format: picture book
age: grades k-3
protagonist: Grace

Grace and her family decide to take a three month camping trip around Australia. While this book is informative about the different sites in different areas and the geographical locations of the places, it does not offer a great deal of information about each of the places they visit. May be good for a VERY basic introduction to Australia, but I would not recommend it as it did not seem to satisfy my interest in Australia (and I've been there
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Sep 12, 2012 Randie D. Camp, M.S. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A family account of a vacation traveling all over Australia.

My initial reaction to this book is: INFORMATION OVERLOAD!

However, I feel that Lester does a great job of balancing out the text across the page to make it seem a little less daunting for the reader. I especially enjoyed the illustrations with captions that accurately capture the voice of a young child. For instance, describing rocks as teeth or highlighting the favorite spot in the car, etc...things that children would find important
Nov 01, 2008 Cindi rated it it was amazing
This book allows you to take a trip all the way around Australia (and to the center to Uluru too!) This is a story of a family vacation. Each page has a map to show their progress around the continent and there are many pictures to show the different things in nature, cities etc. that they experience.

Really made me want to go there or at the very least check out a photographic journey through Australia!

I saw this book at random at the library and had to check it out because my blog title is "Are
Tricia Douglas
Jul 31, 2012 Tricia Douglas rated it really liked it
This was a book for my Goodreads children's picture book group. The story took the reader (along with the book family) around the major sites of Australia. It was informative and the pictures were cute and well done. For a child I think the book might have been too much to handle, at least in one sitting, but I was definitely intriqued with the information.
May 17, 2010 LauraW rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grades
I enjoyed this book, but I wish it had been more. Of course, with a country as big as Australia, it can only scratch even the top surface, but it gave me the feeling that scratching the surface of everything was fine and I am not sure I believe that.
Sep 18, 2011 Eastofoz rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-3-to-6r
Good story about a family travelling across Australia with lots of pictures to keep kids interested and learn a thing or two.
Michael Sedor
Jul 28, 2015 Michael Sedor rated it really liked it
Are We There Yet?: A Journey Around Australia by Alison Lester chronicles a family's three month trip around Australia in a travel camper, narrated by eight-year-old Grace.

Lester's colorful, detailed illustrations are done in pencil in a cartoon-like style. The appealing drawings will draw readers into the trip. Most pages have several pictures with text for each. Many pictures focused on the family as they travelled. Occasional maps show the trip's route. A number of animals are featured. My fa
Aug 26, 2012 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Taking a semester off from school and traveling around the country is a romantic idea. I'm not sure how many people actually get an opportunity to do this, so it was fascinating to watch this family's journey. The narrative was long and might be too detailed for younger children, but we were fascinated by the different entries. There was a good combination of pictures and narrative, so we could track the trip and get an idea of the things they saw. I doubt that I would be quite as adventurous as ...more
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A travel journal by 8 year old Grace of their family's 3 month holiday around Australia. The story is based roughly on the author's experiences.

The story has, i think, accurately captured an 8-year-old's view of the holiday. The are multiple different 'journal entries' per page - with a picture illustrating each one. There is a map of their journey at the start, and every couple of pages there is a map showing their journey to date.

I've done ~1/2 of this trip at various times through the years,
Cassandra Gelvin
Oct 13, 2016 Cassandra Gelvin rated it liked it
Meanders around Australia.

No real point. It's a descriptive thing. It's just a little girl telling the story of a trip around mostly the coast of Australia. It's pretty long. It's kind of like somebody telling you about their vacation. It's a little more interesting than that, because you sort of get to see some of it through a little kid's eyes. But it reminds me of when my parents want to show me the slides of their vacation. No thanks, Mom. No thanks, Dad. It's not nearly as interesting to me
Oct 15, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, 2011, picture
Now I totally want to go drive around Australia for three months! In Are We There Yet?, based on events from her real family travels, Alison Lester gives a rapid-fire tour of Australia. I'm not sure I would purchase this title for an elementary school collection only because it doesn't support the curriculum and few students would have a connection to the title. But I loved the book and travel concept!

My only complaints are that the book felt a little like 'best of' highlights and I was sort of
Oct 09, 2008 Tracy rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Picture Book. CIP Summary: "Join Grace and her family as they hit the road camping, experiencing, and meeting all the people and places that make up Australia."

Great book if you want to learn all about Australia. There are several small pictures on each page. The author/illustrator has maps throughout the book to show the family's travels around Australia. Difficult to read for read aloud because some of the pictures are so small. Children in second grade or older may prefer to read this book to
Susan Wight
Sep 10, 2016 Susan Wight rated it liked it
The classic Australian home education road trip story, this book follows eight-year-old Grace whose family leaves school behind for the winter term and travel around Australia. It is based on an actual journey by the author and won the Children’s Book Council Picture Book of the Year in 2005.
Home Ed Style: Travel/Natural learning.
Portrayal: Positive, no stereotypes.
Target Age: Young children.
Conclusion: A picture book any young home education family will enjoy and a ‘must-have’ if you are doing
Sep 18, 2014 Jandy added it
Recommended to Jandy by: 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Die
Shelves: picture-books
A family with three kids (our narrator is the middle one, named Grace) takes a three-month camping trip around Australia, seeing all the different types of places the country has to offer, and staying with friends all around, or camping by the beach or in the forest. I'm not big on camping, but this sounds like a wonderful thing to do in general. The book is a bit wordy, but very interesting. I'd love to see other books like this about traveling around different countries.
May 13, 2012 Belinda rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable story about a family that took a family vacation around Australian in a campervan. My four year old loved this book. Especially as she got to say the infamous line on every page "Are We There Yet?" Very educational too, showing some of the most beautiful assets this country has to see. Very inspirational too, as this would be something I would love to do with my girls when they get older.
This week (and much of December 09) we have been talking about Australia's animals and the country. (I think every child must go through an "Australia" phase). Needless to say, Australia is fascinating, and this book is a good kid's eye view of it - from the view point of a family that takes a three month journey around the island/country/continent.
Nov 15, 2009 Anna rated it it was amazing
FANTASTIC. I picked this up in the children's section of the library and it caught my eye right away. I loved that there was a map in the inside cover and that the story told all about a journey through Australia. As an adult, I loved this format and really enjoyed learning more about Australia's geography and sights from this text. Very well done, super creative!
Shellys♥ Journal
Jan 06, 2015 Shellys♥ Journal rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and so did my kids. Basically, it's the story of a family taking a road trip around the Australian contenant. It is very interesting, the illustrations are great and it gives a good basic overview of some things "Down Under". We made a list of things we wanted to look at more closely and pulled them up on the computer.

Love. Love. Love.
Mar 07, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book is a great Aussie story about a family who travels around Australia in an old camper trailer, which is their home for 3 months. The author Alison Lester, is remotely related to my family, and the place the journey starts is where I spent some of my childhood, age 2 to age 7!

I've read it many times, and always enjoy always makes me smile!
Jun 12, 2012 Fjóla rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 4 - 8 year olds, Australia fans
So inspiring! The travel story has a good flow and realistic details. That and the little adventures and exciting experiences this little family has on their trip, together with the colorful illustrations of all the fantastic sites they visit really makes me want to go there. It's on our bucket list now ...
Jan 20, 2014 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone travelling with kids
Recommended to Nicole by: Mum
Are We There Yet?: A Journey Around Australia is a rather wordy picture book, detailing a road trip around Australia. Despite, at times, finding it difficult to follow the order of paragraphs, I found it to be interesting and well written. It would be a fantastic book to read to children, or have them read, while travelling.
The Styling Librarian
Dec 23, 2013 The Styling Librarian rated it really liked it
Are We There Yet? by Alison Lester – A journey around Australia – my son and I enjoyed travelling around Australia with this book… it is about a family who took off for a term of school and enjoyed exploring all over Australia.
Sep 16, 2014 Lyndee rated it did not like it
I thought the general idea of exploration was presented well in this book, however i felt this text was lacking. For a children's book i thought it could have been slightly more informative/educational about the places they stopped at.
Oct 14, 2015 Alyssa rated it really liked it
Eight-year-old Grace is taken on a term-long trip around Australia with her parents and brothers. Beginning with the preparation, before taking us through each stage of the journey, this is a story packed with snippets of information suited to young children.
Aug 02, 2007 Beky added it
Shelves: childrenstories
The book wonderfully show the beauty of Australia,
Ah, life can't always be this good, if i could go there...i would savour my time and surely will bring lots of films...these will be the best memories I'll want to relive.
Kate Love
Jul 30, 2013 Kate Love rated it really liked it
It's a good book if you like to travel. My favourite part was when the were fireworks over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I recommend the book for Rosie, Tiana, Charlize in my class as well as boys and girls around the world. Oliver VB Year 3.
Lynne  Allister
Mar 09, 2012 Lynne Allister rated it it was amazing
What a fantastuc way to learn about our beautiful country, it's geography, it's people, it's diversity. Alison Lester's text and illustrations are a fabulous tribute to Australia and it is very warm and funny. Highly recommended by Jan!
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