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Who Killed Cockatoo?

Who Killed Cockatoo?

by W.A. A. Cawthorne, Rodney McRae (Illustrator)

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- An Australian adaptation of the familiar children's rhyme, updated with striking illustrations. Written in the 1870s, this is thought to be one of Australia's earliest children's picture books. This version uses animals native to Australia, including the emu, platypus, and wombat. At twice the length of ``Who Killed Cock Robin,'' it is a tad long for younger children. It is also more solemn and dramatic, with not only the funeral but also a terrible promise of revenge: ``Oh, wicked Morepork!/ We'll have you caught/ for the deed you have done./ We'll slyly creep,/ When you're fast asleep,/ And break your bones, every one.'' McCrae uses simple shapes for the animals but fills them with intense pattern against pattern in a manner suggestive of Aboriginal art. Borders with similar intricate patterns frame the page. The text is set on facing pages in large type on a white background. The complex patterns, while beguiling close up, make the forms difficult to discern in a more distanced storytelling situation. Altogether a pleasing glimpse of Australia and a well-crafted artwork. --Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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1st American ed

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