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The great escape from City Zoo

Author: Tohby Riddle
Publisher: Camberwell, Vic. : Penguin, 2007.
Series: Puffin books (Series)
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Primary school : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A quirky plot and monochromatic, olive-toned illustrations set a 1920s mood for this understated tale. When four unlikely companions an elephant, a flamingo, an anteater and a turtle escape from a zoo, they roam the city streets clothed in a variety of outfits (the anteater dons chef's garb, the turtle a sailor's uniform) "so that no one would notice them ... so that they could blend in." This ironic tone informs  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Juvenile works
Juvenile fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Primary school
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tohby Riddle
ISBN: 9780143501978 0143501976
OCLC Number: 174098288
Notes: Originally published: Sydney : Hodder & Stoughton, 1994.
Awards: Children's Book Council of Australia short-listed book
Target Audience: For children.
Description: 30 unnumbered pages : chiefly illustrations ; 26 cm.
Series Title: Puffin books (Series)
Responsibility: Tohby Riddle.

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One night, under a full moon, four animals make a daring break-out from City Zoo. Can they make a life for themselves on the outside? Or will their past catch up with them wherever they go? This  Read more...

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