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Mandy Tootell

Yellow Truck Road Train

Yellow Truck Road Train

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Yellow Truck Road Train shows the life of a road train driver as seen through the eyes of his son, who is with him on this trip. The story starts as they are waiting for the end of the wet season so that they can get back onto the road. Most of their driving is along the Buntine Highway, a real 581 K highway that links the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Along the way they see and experience so much:  the grader driver whose job it is to make the dirt roads smooth, they pick up some cattle  followed by a load of donkeys. As they pass their friend Prickles they call him on the two way radio. Later they truck a herd of buffalo but at  night to keep them cool, taking  care all the while not hit kangaroos, and when the rains come again, carry some fat Brahman cows as their last load for the year.

This is a fascinating account of the ultimate road trip giving the reader a picture of life in the Top End. 

Praise for the Book

So much detail in the pictures and the story is great. The big fold out at the end is brilliant, so much info for the kids about a big road train. Any country kid couldn't not love this book! - Breanna.

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About the Author

Mandy Tootell

Mandy Tootell lives in Katherine in the Northern Territory with her husband, a road train driver, and her two sons. They also have two horses, two pet cows and two black and white dogs on their rural block. Mandy completed a Bachelor of Visual Art from James Cook University and a Bachelor of Education from Queensland University of Technology before taking off overseas to travel for a couple of years. Originally from the Whitsundays, Mandy has lived in Townsville, Brisbane, Bristol, London, Charters Towers, Darwin, and now Katherine. Although Mandy is primarily a printmaker, she enjoys a range of art-making. She is handy with scissors and a glue stick, and keeps visual journals for inspiration with a focus on natural surroundings including animals, birds and the Northern Territory culture and environment.

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