Ford Street, 2022
32pp., pbk., RRP $A16.95
When Spike and Ducky hatched they looked exactly the same, but as they began to grow, Spike got spiky and Ducky didn’t. And that’s not all that changes. How can “two brothers from the same mother” be so different?
This is an intriguing story about two of Australia’s unique creatures – the echidna and the platypus – who actually have more in common than it looks. With overtones of both Hans Christian Andersen’s story of the ugly duckling and Eastman’s Are You My Mother?, it introduces the two monotremes in an entertaining way while also offering lots of information about them so little ones can learn. Accompanied by Andrew Plant’s (I’m-a-fan) realistic illustrations that that embed the twist in the plot that makes you think, it is a delightful story of friendship, co-operation and using your unique talents for the common good.
And just for your Monday morning entertainment…