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Platypus (Viking Kestrel picture books) Hardcover – 30 Aug 2001

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Children's Books (30 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670894206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670894208
  • Product Dimensions: 25.5 x 0.9 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Riddell is an accomplished graphic artist who has illustrated many acclaimed books for children and has won the Unesco Award, has twice won the Kate Greenaway medal and has been shortlisted for the Kurt Maschler Award. He is also the acclaimed political cartoonist for the Guardian and the Observer. Together with Paul Stewart, he is the creator of the hugely successful Edge Chronicles, Barnaby Grimes, and the award-winning Far-Flung Adventures.

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Meet Platypus, a darling little character created by Chris Riddell for pre-schoolers with an appetite for fun. Platypus stars Platypus, one of the cutest children's books characters you are ever likely to encounter, with his button eyes, big flappy bill and webbed feet that allow him to flip-flop through the pages with an air of innocence and humour.

In this story, Platypus decides to head for the beach to collect something special to put in his box of favourite things. After much searching he finds an almost perfect shell, takes his prize home and tucks it safely under his pillow. But when he wakes, the shell has disappeared, and young Platypus gets himself in a terrible tizzy...

Bold illustrations, large easy-to-follow text and an engaging toddler-times story with a homespun familiarity that will charm small children, Platypus is an appealing little gem. (Ages 2 and over.) --Susan Harrison

About the Author

Chris Riddell was a student of Raymond Briggs at Brighton. He now works in a range of different areas of illustration, including political cartoons. He has illustrated many children's books, texts by other writers as well as his own. SOMETHING ELSE (text by Kathryn Cave) won the 1997 UNESCO prize and was shortlisted for the Smarties Prize and the Greenaway Medal. CASTLE DIARY (text by Richard Platt) was shortlisted for this year's Greenaway Medal. Chris lives in Brighton.

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My favourite bit is when Platypus goes to cool his feet off in a rock pool, saying 'I can never think with hot feet'! : - )
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 Oct 2001
Format: Hardcover
Platypus is looking for a shell. He finds one on the beach but it mysteriously dissappears once he gets it home. Chris Riddell cannot be praised highly enough, the drawings are as always wonderful, detailed and charming. The story is simple and sweet. A real gem of a picture book.
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Australia's intrepid hero 7 Mar 2004
By E. R. Bird - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Ladies and gentlemen I am here to announce to you that there is a definite dearth of worthwhile children's literature involving platypus protagonists out there. Certainly you'll find them shuffling around the edges of various Australian based books. But they're never the heroes. There was Anita Hewett's charming 1958 concoction, "Think, Mr. Platypus", but it's a little old. So FINALLY we find Chris Riddell's 2001 picture book, "Platypus". It's a little repetitive and it certainly doesn't explore the lifestyle or appearance of real platypuses (platypusses? platypi?) but for the preschool set this is just the story to be told.
A young platypus named... um... Platypus (no real creativity there) sets about his day collecting fun things to add to his special box. When he comes across a large curly shell, Platypus is certain he has found exactly the object he's been looking for. After taking it home, however, Platypus finds it missing. He locates it and brings it back only to find the same thing happen the day after that. What is going on?
The story isn't too complex, that's for certain. But I can see the occasional child growing quite fond of the rolly-polly little mammal. Author Chris Riddell draws in a style not too dissimilar from that of early Berkeley Breathed. There's a real Opus quality to his Platypus character. The story seems a tad dated. Aside from two old shoes (one of which is a yellow high top) Platypus seems to have a yen for collecting toys circa 1952. Marbles, bottle caps, and the like.
On the whole, this is not a book that's gonna blow you away. On the other hand, it's not going to offend you either. And kids may enjoy figuring out why the shell moves away on Platypus before he himself does. So while I can find no real reason to dislike "Platypus", the book is lacking that something extra separates the merely good books from the excellent ones. For the kid obsessed with Australian animals, this is a good starter story. For everyone else, you're not going to miss out if you somehow skip this book in your storytime.
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What a delightful book! 2 Feb 2006
By Sharon Wong - Published on
Format: Hardcover
My children ages 4 & 2 love this book. They find Platypus' reactions and innocence delightful and laugh everytime we read the book (currently 3-4 times a day). My two year old loves this book so much that he "reads" it to himself by retelling the story from looking at the pictures. Another great thing about the book is that it's taught my children about hermit crabs and not to carelessly "collect" objects from nature. I especially love the delightful and child-like illustrations.
My favorite! 17 Nov 2010
By First time mom - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book about Platypus and his collection is priceless! It's a great read-aloud for preschoolers. The illustrations are large and beautiful. It also makes a great snuggle and read together book. While it is wonderful as a stand alone story, it is great as an introduction to marine life (hermit crab), collecting things, or to introduce egg laying mammals. Platypus has a stuffed animal "echidna." One of my all time favorite childrens books!
Excellent illustrations and FUN story 21 Mar 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Don't listen to a negative review of this book! My two kids (4 and 2) love the story and get a huge kick out of watching the hermit crab peeking out of the collecting box, and pulling one over on Platypus. We also get lots of giggles when the crab bites Platypus's foot. This is definitely a book I recommend and don't mind reading over and over. Highly recommended.
Wonderful! 18 Oct 2011
By TheDi - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I chose this book for my kindergarten daughter. She loved it. The pictures have hints about what's going to happen next, and she loved finding them. The illustrations are sweet and we both loved the character. It has a lessons, "leave things the way you found them" and "be kind to creatures".
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