The Croc and the Platypus by Jackie Hosking
Published by Walker Books Australia
‘The croc and the platypus trundled off in a rusty old Holden ute. They took some damper and tea in a hamper and bundled it up in the boot.’
Jackie Hosking and Marjorie Crosby-Fairall have put an Australian spin on Edward Lear’s ballad The Owl and the Pussy-Cat in their charming new book. The author, Jackie Hosking, has crafted a beautiful rhyming text which comes to life when read aloud. Clever rhyming and word choices keep the rhythm of the original ballad. It’s clear a lot of thought has gone into creating this story.
‘Platypus sang till the hubcaps rang, and they played up a hullabaloo … baloo, they played up a hullabaloo.’
Gorgeous illustrations portraying the iconic Australian dusty red landscape and wide blue sky, set the scene for the croc and the platypus. Marjorie Crosby-Fairall has created highly detailed illustrations using colour pencils. The mood created by the drawings help to create a sense of adventure and match the rhythm of the story.
My daughter loved hearing this story as she snuggled into bed for the night.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Jackie Hosking
Illustrator: Marjorie Crosby-Fairall
Title: The Croc and the Platypus
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Published: July 2014