Chooks in Dinner Suits by Diane Jackson Hill
Published by Museum Victoria Publishing
Based on a true story Chooks in Dinner Suits is a picture book that tells the story of a man’s quest to save a penguin colony. On a tiny island a waddle of little penguins live but their numbers are slowly dwindling. Over time as they dwindle Swampy Marsh makes a suggestion and only when there are only a few penguins left does everyone agree to action the plan.
Max and Mimi are Swampy’s two best dogs and with Swampy they help keep the fox, other dogs and humans away. Hopefully over time the penguin population will grow.
The story’s illustrations are iconic Craig Smith illustrations. The penguins stand out portrayed in a bright shade of blue grey, almost matching the moonlit sky over the ocean. The fox is seen as a large looming threat. The pale colour of the two dogs Max and Mimi, show their gentle but effective presence.
The story behind this true story is outlined at the back of the book. This is great for further research. Another great true story picture book about Australian fauna.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Diane Jackson Hill
Illustrator: Craig Smith
Title: Chooks in Dinner Suits
Publisher: Museum Victoria Publishing
Published: June 2016