"Powerful aboriginal images and symbols…are incorporated into almost all the acrylic paintings that illustrate this…fictionalized account of a signal event in the life of Alfred Scow...told in simple but evocative prose."
"Based upon a true incident, this story provides a discussion venue for discrimination and prejudice."
"An innocent perspective on a powerful act of defiance...Gait's large-scale acrylic paintings reinforce the religious dimension, infusing magic realism into the landscape and story."
"The illustrations...strikingly reflect Aboriginal imagery. The voice of the adult recalling a profound and transformative childhood moment is... immediate and credible."
"The child's view of brave adults in secret rebellion will even attract children somewhat older than the target audience."