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The outback adventures of a platypus,
This review is from: Albert of Adelaide (Hardcover)
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Quite honestly I don't know what to say about this book. It was a toss up between three or four stars, but it kept me reading and interested, so four it gets.
The start was good. We have Albert the platypus, escapee from the Adelaide zoo, stumbling along the railway line north in search of Old Australia where native animals live as they were meant to live and there are no humans to stare at them in zoos. He is exhausted, starving and on his last paws when he meets up with Jack, a wombat with a taste for sardines, clothes, and setting fire to things. He takes Albert under his wing, finds him clothes and tells him that what he seeks is not to be found.
So far so good. Albert is an engaging platypus with heroic tendencies and much to learn.
We move on to a bar run by kangaroos, wallabies and bandicoots and then, Jack having indulged in his hobby, on further into the empty interior of Australia. Only it is not that empty. We meet an evil pair, possum and wallaby, many dingoes, and a refugee from California who seems out of place and is maybe added because the author is American - who knows? Albert's fortunes take many a turn for the worse, there is much violence and inter-species fighting before Albert, a sadder and maybe wiser platypus, continues on his search for the 'real' Old Australia.
You can't really call this fantasy, although we are dealing with dressed up animals who can all talk to each other - it is simply all mighty strange.
There may well be more of the story of Albert . . .