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Meet the puzzling platypus! A lively narrative and engaging illustrations follow a fascinating creature that defies categorization.
There it is, a giant duckbill emerging from a burrow. But this animal has fur — and walks low to the ground, with claws and a wide, flat tail like a beaver. When it swims, it looks like a miniature crocodile, and when faced with threats, it keeps its snakelike venom at the ready. And did you know that the female platypus lays eggs? Follow a most unusual mammal as it leaves its home and travels through the night, gliding past wallabies and evading a hungry fox — hurrying, scurrying, always busy, always looking for a meal!
About the Author
Sue Whiting is a former teacher who divides her time between working as a children’s-book editor and writing books for young people. She lives near Sydney, Australia.
Mark Jackson is the illustrator of several picture books, including Python by Christopher Cheng and Bilby by Edel Wignell. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Jackson, who recently offered an intimate look at another Australian animal in Bilby, creates a lush marshland environment in mixed-media images rendered in smudgy earth tones.
Smoothly written and...informative, this is a nice addition to the elementary-level nature shelf.
Handsome competition for titles such as Sneed B. Collard’s A Platypus Probably, this work will attract readers with its intriguing topic and eye-catching packaging. The attractive picture book format encloses a readable, informative glimpse of one of the stranger creatures to be found on planet Earth.
—School Library Journal
Whiting’s storytelling is a beautiful combination of rich descriptions and a recurring reminder of the key characteristics of a platypus, all of which gently ebbs and flows with Jackson’s soothing mixed-media illustrations...definitely an engaging and enlightening read.
Children will enjoy learning about this strange animal. Illustrations are done in warm earth tones.
—School Library Connection