Echidna Jim Went for a Swim by Phil Cummings
Published by Scholastic Australia
Based on Australian animals, a hot summers day and the beach. The main character is Jim who is an Echidna. As most of us know Echidnas have spikey quills instead of soft fur. Jim’s spikey quills get in the way of everyone having fun. He spikes everyone when he pushes through the crowd getting on the bus. He spikes them when he couldn’t hang on in the bus. But worst of all he spikes everyone’s blow up water toys when he goes for a swim. Poor Jim even spikes a tyre getting back on the bus. While Wombat fixes the tyre, Dingo wraps Jim in the picnic rug for the trip home.
I enjoyed the way everyone was still friends even though Jim was spikey & spoilt the day out.
I like the message that we can all be friends, not get angry and assist each other even the odd one out.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Phil Cummings
Illustrator: Laura Wood
Title: Echidna Jim Went for a Swim
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: February 2016