The Giant Devil Dingo

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The Giant Devil Dingo
Author Dick Roughsey
Illustrator Dick Roughsey
Cover artist Dick Roughsey
Country Australia
Language English
Subject Aboriginal Australians - Folklore. Legends - Queensland - Cape York Peninsula. Dingo - Folklore.
Genre children, legends
Publisher Collins, Sydney
Publication date
Pages 34 (Hardback)
ISBN 0-17-006470-0

The Giant Devil Dingo (1973) is a picture book for children by Dick Roughsey. It describes how the dreamtime devil-dingo, Gaiya, of lower Cape York Peninsula mythology was domesticated to become man's friend and helper.

Artwork from the book is held by the National Museum of Australia.[1]


Kirkus Reviews wrote "The appendix might better have been a preface ... But the chase and basic situation (in Europe the hungry pursuers would be a witch and her familiar) are as easy to grasp as the peculiarly Australian flavor is authentic. And despite the sameness of the scenes--repetitive in scale, perspective and color--Roughsey's flat, clay colored paintings (with dabs of green for foliage) are the more effective for their amateur look--especially where that huge-tongued, red-eyed dingo opposes the small, faceless, dimly differentiated humans."[2] while The Aboriginal Child at School called it "a highly successful book."[3]The Giant Devil Dingo has also been reviewed by The Sydney Morning Herald and Reading Time.[4] It has been selected for the 2010 NSW Premier's Reading Challenge,[5] and was commended in the 1974 Children's Book Council of Australia awards for Children's Picture Book of the Year.[6]


  1. ^ "Painting no. 12, Giant Devil-Dingo Series by Dick Roughsey - The people cutting up Gaiya.". National Museum of Australia. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Giant Devil-Dingo". Kirkus Media LLC. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Book Reviews". The Aboriginal Child at School. Cambridge University Press. 2 (2): 58–59. April 1974. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "The Giant Devil Dingo". AustLit. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "NSW Premier's Reading Challenge 2010". Retrieved 30 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "The Children's Book Council of Australia, Winners and Commended Books, 1974.". Retrieved 30 November 2009.