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This Zoo is Not for You

This Zoo is Not for You

Author Ross Collins
Illustrator Ross Collins
Series Ross Collins




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When a small platypus visits the zoo, the animals all assume he has come about the vacancy and he is swiftly taken through a rigorous interview process. But the platypus is far too bland for the chameleons, not nearly graceful enough for the flamingos, and his tricks will never impress the monkeys. So, he leaves. The animals soon regret being so unkind, but . . . what’s this? The platypus has left an invitation! Oh dear – it seems he had actually come to the zoo to invite them all to his party . . . But with all forgiven and forgotten, the platypus welcomes his new zoo friends to a fantastic party on his Platybus!

This rollicking rhyming picture book, from the award-winning creator of There’s a Bear on My Chair, combines comic misunderstandings with a heartfelt story 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

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What the Critics Said

“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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Chinese (simplified), US English

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