Young Bluey's attempts to earn six pounts for a trip to the country provide author Irene Hilton with a vehicle for giving a great deal of information about Australia and a small boy's life there. Bluey goes fishing, gets a paper route, joins a cicada hunt for the local zoo. He spends some of his hard-earned shillings on presents when he enjoys a Dickension in the 105 degree heat of an Australian December. He buys from an aborigine and helps put out a brush fire. His love for a thieving is justified when the bird saves Bluey's mother from a snake. The plot consists of strung together artificially, and the characters and develop as a result of their adventures. However, this is frequently an engaging story and with pleasure for the sake of its exotic background. A brief glossary helps the young reader on some unfamiliar terms.