Stories Aloud
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Publication date: 03 May 2018
ISBN: 9781788002523
Size: 270 x 270 mm
Length: 32 pages
Picture Books

This Zoo is Not for You


A funny, rhyming picture book about the importance of tolerance and kindess, from the bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator, Ross Collins.

When a small, friendly platypus arrives at the zoo, the animals assume he has come about the vacancy and are all keen to interview him. But the chameleons dismiss him as too bland, the flamingos protest that he’s not graceful enough and, despite his best efforts, poor Playtpus will never impress the monkeys. No one wants him and so Platypus turns and leaves. The animals swiftly regret being so unkind, but . . . what’s this? The platypus has left an invitation! He had actually come to the zoo to invite them all to his party! But the platypus has a big heart and, with all forgiven and forgotten, he quickly welcomes his new zoo friends to a fantastic party on his PlatyBus!

A perfect bedtime story that combines comic misunderstandings with a touching message about acceptance and belonging.

“There’s a touch of Tim Minchin about Collins . . . his tone is funny but heartfelt and a little bit rock’n’roll” – Guardian

From the award-winning creator of There’s a Bear on My Chair, winner of the Amnesty CILIP Honour 2016 and shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2016.

Can’t get enough? Look out for more brilliant picture books by Ross Collins: There’s a Bear on my Chair, There’s a Mouse in my House, What Does an Anteater Eat?, and This is a Dog.

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“Big, bold colours together with inviting illustrations and rhyming text draw the reader in to make this a lovely book to give or share. A story of acceptance and belonging.”


“Beyond the humour it’s a really touching story about tolerance, acceptance and welcoming strangers at its heart.”

Waterstones (blog)

“A fabulous story for everyone to enjoy.”

North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award

“A joy to read!”

Teach Early Years Award

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Arabic , Chinese simplified , Korean , US English

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