dePaolo, Tomie. Ill. by Tom Swimm. The Amazing Adventure of Paddy Platypus. CreateSpace, 2012.
Paddy was a platypus who lived is Tasmania. When he was young, he liked to swim and could swim faster than any other of the platypuses. When Sir Hugh, a director of waterways, meets Paddy and sees how fast he can swim, he asks the platypus to represent Tasmania in the World Championship Swimming Finals in the United States. Paddy is a little reluctant at first, but after talking to platypus elders, he decides to go. Paddy has a hard time adjusting to his new surroundings. Can Paddy learn to adjust? Will he win the championship?
An excessively long picture book. The text of the story is really simple and taxing to read at times. The illustrations are fun to look at, however, and do add some dimension to the text. Older readers who are into platypuses as seen on Phineas and Ferb might enjoy this book, but would not recommend to most readers. EL (K-3). NO. Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, WHI Public Library.