An Australian reimagining of Edward Lear's nonsense poem The Owl and the Pussycat. 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. Join Croc and Platypus for an Australian outback hullabaloo!
Written by Jackie Hosking for Walker Books Australia
Shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year
The poem, complemented by the exuberant illustrations, celebrates the joys of picnics, road trips and camping in remote places. Marjorie Crosby-Fairall, American by birth but now living in Sydney, manifests her love of Australian images in her pictures. Using acrylic paints and coloured pencils she communicates the vastness of earth and sky, the characters’ vivid facial expressions and body language, and the textures of objects such as the utility truck, hamper, fleece and didgeridoo.
This picture book is highly recommended for young children both for its appealing verse and the excellence of the illustration and design.
—Lyn Linning, Magpies