In the realm of mysterious bipedal creature books, there is a tendency for writers to explain the creatures, to hypothesize about what they are, and perhaps shape the data they utilize to support that hypothesis. But, for the researcher and common reader who want to know about the historical and actual reports of events, without hard interpretation, Healy and Cropper have provided one of the best books available on the subject.
Until now, the Yowie has been strictly a section with a book, or a reference point. While this has worked well, and offered new aspects in a well done method, it has never thoroughly evaluated the phenomenon or presented the complexity of the mystery. The overshadowing of the Yowie by its North American cousin is now rectified within The Yowie. Healy and Cropper provide the reader with anecdotal, testimonial, historical, native, modern, and evidentiary connections to the Yowie, they utilize the reports gathered first hand and through the collective work of Australian researchers and worldwide researchers. They reintroduce the world to the Yowie, and to what mysteries may still reside in Australia. They also introduce the researchers to the world in a personal light, including Tim the Yowie Man, Dean Harrison, Rex Gilroy and Graham Joyner.
Healy and Cropper no strangers to the subject, and have collectively spent over 50 years researching the subject. It was not until The Yowie however that the entire research basis has been available, consisting of over 300 documented events, from the one person sightings to mass sightings, from up-close and personal glimpses, to distance sights. This is through chronicling and presentation of the original sources, including journals and newspaper accounts, to the remembered histories of Aborigines, to the modern era of the Internet and how it has changed how research works.
Beyond the content, which the reader must digest for themselves to appreciate, is the layout and presentation. The Yowie is presented in a larger format paperback with dual column pagination. This makes the read akin to a journal entry, but also alters the pace and focuses the reader to pay attention to the work, it draw you in. The flow of the work is also important; it is steady and has few distraction points. You start with the Aborigines; move towards the Colonial Era, Early Modern era and into the Modern Era. Then there are chapters on the Junjudee, or "Littlefoot", an evidentiary summarization and examination of "What are They". But, not to be outdone, a mapping system showing the generalized regions of reports, a cataloging of the accounts, full index and reference section are provided.
The Yowie is a milestone work, and ranks in importance as such books as Sasquatch, the Apes Among Us (John Green, 1978), In the Footsteps of the Russian Snowman (Dmitri Bayanov, 1996), and Abominable Snowmen: Legend Come to Life (Ivan Sanderson, 1961). All these works break new ground in historical, regional or overall analysis of the subject manner of mystery bipedal creatures.
It is no small feat to create a classic and thorough reference book that is easily readable to the everyday person and to the hardcore researcher, but this is what Healy and Cropper have done, and they close the core of the book remaining open-minded and vigil to what still remains to be discovered.