What’s Wrong with the Wobbegong?
Phillip Gwynne and Gregory Rogers
Little Hare 2013
Crab is worried. Wobbegong has his towel, his music on his retro radio and his sunscreen and looks set for a day on the beach sunbaking, but he has no picnic basket or esky or any sort of food. “What’s wrong with the wobbegong? He doesn’t eat a thing” says the crab to the stingray. And so begins a quirky cumulative tale as the various marine creatures become more and more concerned about the wobbegong, until…
A wobbegong in budgie smugglers, an ice cream loving crab, a clam in boardies, a humpback in a floral dress and a seabird selling beach treats make up the cast of this endearing story and accompanied by the unmistakeable illustrations of Gregory Rogers – one of the last books he did before he died – it is just delightful. The ending is delicious!!!
This is a story that works on all levels – the rhythm of the language will engage the little ones, while older students will appreciate the humour. Miss 7 will love to share this one with her school friends when she donates it to her school library.