When a platypus stops by the zoo one day, all the animals assume he wants to join their zoo, and he is swiftly taken through a rigorous interview process. But the platypus is far too bland for the chameleons, he’s not nearly graceful enough for the flamingos, and his tricks will never impress the monkeys. After he leaves, the animals soon regret their behavior, but . . . what’s this? The platypus has left something behind. Perhaps he didn’t intend to join their zoo after all! This rhyming picture book, from the award-winning creator of There’s a Bear on My Chair, combines comic misunderstanding with a heartfelt story about acceptance and belonging.
Ross Collins has illustrated more than one hundred books for children and written a few, too. When he’s not creating children’s books, he enjoys working on character development for animation studios like Laika and Disney. He also likes walking in the Scottish glens with his dog, Hugo, and his partner, Jacqui. Ross Collins lives in Scotland.