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Lightning Jack

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  8 reviews
When Sam Tully sees the free-spirited horse Lightning Jack, he dares to ride him. Together they muster a herd of steers into their stable, escape a grazier's deal and fly into the air with Pegasus wings. Then when they are ambushed by the notorious outlaw Ned Kelly, Lightning Jack leaps out of trouble and back to the wilderness. But then Sam can't resist a race and rides L ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Scholastic Australia
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Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lyrical, highly imaginative story presented in a style reminiscent of Banjo Patterson and other old bush poets. There's even a lovely twist at the end. Evocative illustrations.
CBCA shortlisted.
I was fortunate to hear this read aloud last year by the author, which was a wonderful experience.
Having said that, my ten-year-old daughter, who prefers the quick wit of the likes of Andy Griffith, found this story a little "slow". But for children with the patience to appreciate good writing and a finale
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Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Ethereal, poetic, historical, illusory, artful - Pure magic. A must.
Katharine Peddie
Oct 10, 2013 rated it liked it
I have recommended this book because it is about a horse, and not just any horse, a wild brumby. This brumby stands out from the rest of the horses because it is a beautiful black horse with a lightning blaze on the top of its head. This horse is named "Lightning Jack". Sam Tully the main character is watching Lightning Jack and it seems that the horse is daring him to ride him, so Sam takes this dare. He mounts Lightning jack and they ride. Sam comes into contact with other characters of the bo ...more
Stef Rozitis
Jan 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: early-childhood
This book had beautiful pictures that we all (children and educator) really enjoyed. The rhyme was patchy but not too bad. The story itself was quite likeable. The children didn't understand the Ned Kelly reference and asked me to interrupt the story to try to explain. So arguably a bit of Australian history in there but in a very shallow way. I found the ending beautiful and relatable but I am not sure the children "got" it.
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Evocative prose and illustrations, very reminiscent of Banjo Patterson's The Man From Snowy River. My five year old daughter needed quite a few of the words explained to her, but she enjoyed the adventures of Sam Tully and Lightning Jack.
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Haven't read a picture book with such powerful imagery in a long time! And then the artwork... Brilliant.

My children pore over it too!
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Lovely rhyming with good rhythm when reading out loud. love how it pulled together unexpectedly but did have to explain it to my 6 year old.
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Stunning artwork by Patricia Mullins, an absolute joy to read.
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Glenda Millard was born in the Goldfields region of Central Victoria and has lived in the area all her life. The communities she has lived in and the surrounding landscapes have provided a rich source of inspiration and settings for many of her stories.

It was not until Glenda's four children became teenagers that she began to write in her spare time. She is now a full-time writer.

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