Shy the Platypus

An illustrated platypus on a teal background

Hardback - March 2012 - AU $14.95

A stylish illustrated re-publishing of Leslie Rees' classic tale about a young platypus growing up in the world.

National Library Publishing presents a stylish, highly illustrated re-publication of Leslie Rees’ classic tale, Shy the Platypus. This exciting story of the life of a young platypus describes her growing up and experiencing encounters with humans, other platypuses and different animals. Leslie Rees published over 40 children’s books and won major awards (Order of Australia & NSW Premier’s Award) for his ‘contribution to Australian literature’. Leslie Rees’ animal stories have been an important part of Australian children’s literature since the 1940s and continue their popularity to this day.


Hardback | March 2012 | $ 14.95
ISBN: 9780642277411 | 96 pages | 210 x 190 mm
Publisher: National Library of Australia


Australian writer, editor and critic Leslie Rees (1905-2000) wrote 50 books, many for children. His series of animal and bird biographies includes Karrawingi the Emu, Sarli the Barrier Reef Turtle, Kurri Kurri the Kookaburra and Shadow the Rock Wallaby. With Shy the Platypus and his other nature stories, Leslie Rees introduced readers to the life histories and fascinating natural environments of Australia's unique wildlife. His works have sustained their popularity over generations of readers.