On 4th July it was launched at Jackie’s local bookshop, Great Escape Books in Airey’s Inlet Victoria by author Claire Saxby and on 18th July is was launched at Marjorie’s local bookshop, The Children’s Bookshop in Beecroft Sydney NSW by author Susanne Gervay.
Both occasions were joyous and fun events with the bookshops going that extra mile with glorious window displays.
Of the book Susanne Gervay said…
The poet and the artist work with enormous respect for their mediums. Every word, rhyme, phrase is perfected by Jackie. Every brush stroke and image is perfected by Marjorie.
What makes this pairing exceptional? It’s the combination of excellence in craft with such a delightful sense of humour and a warm understanding of friendships between the most unlikely of characters – the croc and the platypus.
And Claire Saxby said…
'The Croc and the Platypus' is a book of few words, and it tells a big story. The rhyme structure is based on a well-known Edward Lear verse ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ but from that frame Jackie has created a new grand Australian adventure. The unlikely mates (but no more so than an owl and a pussycat!) hop in the ute and off they go. And what an adventure! They make their way through the desert to Uluru and set up camp.
The strong rhythms and rhymes make ‘The Croc and the Platypus’ ideal to read out loud. Youngsters will soon be joining in the hullabaloo, baloo, the Uluru, luru. Along the way, they will experience iconically Australian activities: ute travel on bumpy roads; desert-crossing; they will visit a sheep farm during sheering; and camp under the stars. But wait: a picture story book has more. It has illustrations. In bright blues, intense desert reds and greens, Marjorie Crosby-Fairall brings the Australian outback to dust-flying, ute-rattling, sheep-shearing, star-filled life. Great language wrapped in beautiful pictures. Great fun. What more can you ask of a picture book?
Both Jackie and Marjorie feel humbled and honoured to receive such high praise from such esteemed writers and couldn’t be more thrilled to bits to finally be able to introduce The Croc and the Platypus.