Platypus by Sue Whiting
Published by Walker Books
My memories of visits to Taronga Zoo as a child were ignited by this book. I remember standing at the platypus tank waiting to find the elusive platypus. It was a joyous occasion when I did finally see one swimming through the tank, as this did not happen on every visit to the zoo.
Platypus is a picture book that follows Platypus as he leaves his burrow in the riverbank and dives into the cool green pool. Throughout most of the book on one side of the double page spread the story of the Platypus unfolds as a narrative. On the other side the reader is given some information about the Platypus, which has been well researched by the author Sue Whiting.
This book is part of the Nature Storybook series and is illustrated by Mark Jackson who also illustrated Bilby Secrets and Python the other two titles in the series. The brush strokes used in the illustrations show the movement of the Platypus as he travels through the river. The colours used are mainly shades of brown and green to highlight the time of day that Platypus is out and about.
There is an index at the back of the book to help you find out about ‘platypus things.’ I also like that the reader is asked to look at the two kinds of words that tell the story and help you learn about the platypus.
My childhood angst at not being to find the platypus at the zoo was finally put to ease. The book highlighted to me that platypuses spend most of their daylight hours in their burrow. If only I could go to the zoo at night........
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Sue Whiting
Illustrator: Mark Jackson
Publisher: Walker Books
Published: August 2015