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The Croc and the Platypus - Jackie Hosking


Published: 1st July 2014
For Ages: 3+ years old
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An Australian reimagining of Edward Lear's nonsense poem The Owl and the Pussycat with great read-aloud, rhyming text! 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!

About the Author

Jackie Hosking is a Nigerian-born Cornish Australian. She moved to Victoria, Australia when she was ten. Jackie has always loved reading, but she didn't start writing until her youngest child turned two. Her first poem for children was published by The School Magazine in 2005. In 2012, Jackie won a Maurice Saxby Mentorship, which helped her to polish the manuscript that was to become The Croc and the Platypus.

About the Illustrator

Marjorie Crosby-Fairall was born in America and currently lives in Sydney, Australia. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from Northern Illinois University. In 1997 she won the CBCA Eve Pownall Award for Information Books and has since been short-listed for other awards. She currently works as a freelance illustrator for educational publishers, general editorial book publishers and magazines. Marjorie loves to experiment with new techniques for her illustrations, but always seems to return to her beloved and well-used colour pencils. The Croc and the Platypus is her first Walker Books Australia title.



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... they took some damper and tea in a hamper...


from perth, western australia

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Inspirational
  • Relevant
  • Well Written


    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Special Needs
    • Travel Reading
    • Younger Readers

    Comments about The Croc and the Platypus:

    rhyming books are always fun to read and this is no exception... you will recognise the 'tune' after a while, an Australian version of an old favourite.
    A tent made out of the fleece of a sheep, some traditional Aussie tucker and a night under the stars. Beware, it may bring on a hankering for a spot of camping of your own... lovely book.

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    ISBN: 9781922077608
    ISBN-10: 1922077607
    Audience: Children
    For Ages: 3+ years old
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 32
    Published: 1st July 2014
    Publisher: Walker Books Australia
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 26.6 x 25.7  x 0.9
    Weight (kg): 0.39