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Paddy O’Melon

$14.99

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Paddy O’Melon is the endearing story of a young rainforest kangaroo. Separated from his mother as a young joey, Paddy is found and raised by an Irish family who live in the rainforest and often help orphaned or injured animals. But while Paddy loves his new human family, he’s curious to find out what he really is.

So, he sets out on a journey into the rainforest where he meets a range of other interesting animals — from musky rat-kangaroos to green tree frogs, from ringtail possums to flying-foxes. But all he really wants is to be reunited with his mother and his own kind. Perhaps the cassowary can tell this little red-legged pademelon who he really is and take him safely home?

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 215 x 288 mm | Colour | 32 Pages |

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Julia Cooper’s passion was for wildlife education and rehabilitation. Sadly, she passed away in 2011, but with the publication of this story her partner Martin Cohen hopes to keep her spirit and message alive.

Daryl Dickson is an award-winning wildlife artist and illustrator.

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Steve Backshall, naturalist, writer and television presenter for “Deadly 60”.
‘Julia and Martin are old friends in wildlife, genuinely passionate about caring for the animals of tropical Queensland. Beautifully illustrated, Paddy O Melon and the other books in the series all carry a sense of wonder for the animals of Australia, and hopefully will help the new generation to treasure them, and want to learn how to care for them as Julia and Martin have.’


Chris Packham – Presenter and Conservationist
“A delightful romp through the rainforest with a wallaby . . . but also a story with an important conservation message that will inspire young people to love and protect this precious environment”


Stephen Moss – Naturalist, Author, TV Producer
“A delightful, funny and moving story, touching on our special relationship with nature, told through the life of an endearing little kangaroo.”


Neil Nightingale, former head of the BBC Natural History Unit and producer of Wild Down Under and the Great Barrier Reef television series.
“Paddy O’Melon is a wonderfully heartwarming story, stylishly written and with beautiful illustrations. I’m sure it will delight children and their parents while also introducing them to the fascinating creatures of the Australian rainforest.”