Sunday, December 11, 2016


Sue Whiting incorporates a melodic story of the platypus accompanied by more specific facts about platypus(es) platypi?  Plural of platypus - and, go.  As is indicated, the platypus is still quite puzzling, one of only two monotremes, or egg-laying mammals.  Mark Jackson’s illustrations are gorgeous.  Or at least as gorgeous as one can categorize a book about platypus.  The exclusion of a bibliography or another indication of sources is disappointing as a great deal of good information is included in this text that can be enjoyed by many a platypus lover.

For anyone interested, because I obviously was.  According to wikipedia (I know, I know, but on this particular topic, it seemed as good a source as any): “Scientists generally use “platypuses” or simply “platypus”.  Colloquially, the term “platypi” is also used for the plural, although this is technically incorrect and a form of pseudo-Latin; the correct Greek plural would be “platypodes”.”  Well then.  I’m kind of liking platypi, but that was before I knew platypuses was an option.

Title: Platypus
Author: Sue Whiting
Illustrator: Mark Jackson
Published 2015 by Candlewick Press
ISBN: 978-0-7636-8098-5

This copy was received from the publisher to review.

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