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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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9780857638953
  • ISBN: 9780857638953
  • Pub Date: 3rd August 2017
  • Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
  • Imprint: Nosy Crow Ltd
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number of Pages: 32

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17th October '17
I read it to Mi C aged 4 aged 4 & to J C aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
This Zoo Is Not For You - Is a fantastic story for children 0-6yrs I’d say. My 19 months old and nearly 5 year old throughly enjoyed it. We have read it so many times in a matter of weeks!!

Great story about different animals who each are good at different things. Someone doesn’t seem to ‘fit in’ until they all learn there’s a place somewhere for everyone, everyone is good at something. All welcome! 
4th December '18
I read it to LA12 aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
This is a wonderful rhyming story about a platypus that visits the zoo. The other animals mistakenly believe he is there to apply for a vacancy, when in fact he just wanted to invite them to his party. Leo enjoyed the characters and illustrations throughout this story and the message that you shouldn't be unkind to others. He also liked reading along with the Stories Aloud audio book that you can access for free using a QR code at the beginning. 
13th November '17
I read it to Little bear aged 6 aged 6 & to Little lady aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
A lovely story about everyone being different and can all fit in both my children really liked this book we read it several times over, pictures are lovely and it’s a very nice feel good book 
7th March '18
I read it to Effie aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
A short fun colourful story perfect for young ones with a good moral story line too. We like to read it with funny voices and love that the animals are tired and sleepy at the end making it perfect to say goodnight or time for nap too. 
9th September '17
I read it myself (an adult) , to Aby aged 7 aged 7 & to Laya aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
A charming story about a platypus and his encounter with some zoo animals. Platypus went to the zoo to invite the animals to his party but when he went there he was mistaken as a candidate and face some interesting interviews from them. 
It's a hilarious story with rhymic sentences and cute pictures.
A delightful story.
18th September '17
I read it to Isabelle2014 aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
A lovely story with lots of rhyming words, introducing my daughter to lots of different types of animals. It was nice to hear her laughing too :)
14th September '17
I read it to RUBYB aged 5 aged 5 & to Heidibarnes aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
We really enjoyed this book! My two daughters, aged 2 and 5, both loved all the animals and learnt some new ones too! The rhyme throughout is great and the illustrations are beautiful. My children found it funny and enjoyed the end when they all had a party! Would recommend. 
10th September '17
I read it to Henry17 aged 7 months aged 0
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5 stars
We loved this book! The story introduced my child to new animals such as the platypus.  The illustrations were great and brought the playful story alive. The rhyming of the storyline and playfulness of all the animals made my child smile.  We will definitely be looking out for some other story books by this author.  The hardback book means it is durable to be carried around by a young child and I'm sure we will have plenty more fun times reading this story!
9th October '17
I read it to Abandme16 aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
Not sure who loved this book more my little girl or partner! The story is all about a platypus who is new to the Zoo and meets all the different animals and then has a party at the end, once they finally believe he fits in.

The wording was amazing especially the rhyme throughout and the illustrations were beautiful. Highly recommend this book to any one.
11th September '17
nnkelly read it themselves aged 3 aged 3
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4 stars
A story about a platypus who visited the zoo to invite all the animals to his party. He encounters a variety of different zoo animals and it's such a funny and entertaining story! A real page turner for my son who's read it countless times already! 
8th September '17
I read it to Little One aged 3 aged 3
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4 stars
This book is a thought provoking read that will be sure to encourage much discussion about how to treat people and the sense of belonging.
 Little One responded to this book with so many questions and found the illustrations fun and comical. This book would also be great to share in schools
 The zoo is holding interviews and on that day a platypus arrives. Of course, the animals assume he is visiting for the interview but all is not what it seems. 
The animals are bold and outspoken and not afraid of sharing their honest opinions with the platypus. "...you look like a worn-out shoe," announce the flamingos. "You are short and quite weird too" declares the elephant. "You're brownish grey - but just one hue" say the chameleons. For such reasons the animals don't believe the platypus is worthy of being in the zoo and each animal repeats "This zoo is not for you." 
However, once the platypus leaves they reflect and acknowledge that things said were truly unkind.
Poor platypus had left a note for them all...an invitation to a party! How bad the animals now feel. 
Words can be so unkind and the book makes this clear. Thankfully the unkindness is acknowledged in the story and it makes a great talking point.
My daughter only the other day started nursery so I feel such discussions are really important.
The animals apologise and the platypus, drink
in hand, with the coolest stance, accepts and the animals enjoy the party. 
Ross Collins covers a heavy topic in this book but the illustrations add a lighter touch which are sure to make you smile. My daughter thought the monkeys were hilarious and with the mention of poo (yes the monkeys throw poo) she was in giggles. 
The zoo, representative of the world we live in is filled with different animals, each with unique talents and appearances. We need to make sure such talents are always celebrated and that we are as welcoming as the platypus.  
8th September '17
I read it to Babyeva29 aged 2 aged 2
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4 stars
My daughter loved reading about all the zoo animals the story was about a platypus who just wanted to invite the zoo the animals toa party but the animals assumed the platypus was there for a job interview and where very rude. The story shows the value of friendship and how you can't jump to assumptions 
14th September '17
I read it to dani aged 5 aged 5
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4 stars
This book is a good way to encourage kindness and discourage judging others. A platypus comes to the zoo, where it is assumed he's interviewing to be the newest addition. The other animals are quite mean because he doesn't meet their standards. In other words, he's not exactly like them. He eventually leaves in annoyance, and they realize that they should have been nicer. Especially when they find he had come to invite them all to a party. They apologize and are allowed to attend the party. I did find the rhymes and pictures to be entertaining and engaging for my 5 year old. There is a reference to monkeys throwing poo that she found funny but some parents might not want to encourage, so be aware. The only reason I give this 4 stars is because I was a bit bothered that the animals found the invitation before apologizing. I think it would have been a more powerful lesson if they apologized first and then were told about the miscommunication. Even with this wobble, it's a book that can lead to good discussions about being kind.
27th February '19
I read it to Zacca aged 4 aged 4 & to Izzi aged 2 aged 2
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2 stars
Unfortunately neither of my children liked this book. They normally like rhyming books but not sure if it was the illustrations or the language, but both children  lost interest and wouldn't let me finish the book!
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About Ross Collins

Ross Collins graduated from the Glasgow School of Art with a First in Illustration. In the same year he won the Macmillan Children's Book Prize. He now has over eighty titles to his name including Busy Night which won the White Raven Award and Billy Monster's Daymare which won the Royal Mail Book Award. He lives in Glasgow.

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