Picture Books: Plato the Platypus Plumber (Part-Time)
Title:"Plato the Platypus Plumber (Part-Time)"
Author: Hazel Edwards
Illustrator: John Petropoulos
e-book: Amazon.com (Kindle Edition)
E and Print Publisher: Interactive Publications
Print Translations: Check sample pages
Spanish Translation at Amazon.
Plato, an eco-warrior, and part-time plumber fixes watery problems like leaking taps, but he also fixes grumpy people with jokes or a smile spray. His tool kit is legendary. Despite ferals along the creek bank, Plato is on call to help Zanzibar and his family who are renovating their old creekside house.
Lively and colourful illustrations are interspersed throughout the story.
Aimed at those interested in imaginative problem solving, this book will appeal to boys and girls, keen on animals, nature or wildlife. And it also asks watery questions about climate issues, such as drought.
These online retailers have copies available - just click through on the direct link and you can purchase online:
For students studying LOTE, comparing the English and Spanish or German versions of the picture book can be productive.
In the same way, comparing print and e-book formats.
Channel 31's Writers' Notebook interview about the process of how a writer gets ideas and works with an illustrator.
Book Trailer: Plato the Platypus Plumber (Part-Time)
Reading 'Plato the Playypus Plumber (part-time) ' on Read to My Child
International Book Launch - Pasir Ridge International School
Plato the Platypus Plumber was launched at the Pasir Ridge International School , Balikpapan, in Indonesia. Hazel has shared her experiences about the launch on Boomerang Books Kids' Book Capers. Details are reprinted below:
How did the school prepare for the launch?
Meg Baxter, the Early Childhood teacher and her enthusiastic staff had organised a special ‘mud’ cake iced with a replica of the cover as well as ‘muddy’ chocolate milk. SFX of water noises. Charts of platypus facts, and even an story house, surrounded by recycled branches (in the spirit of the story) with an author chair for the ‘first’ reading. To the side was a ‘creek’ with platypus shapes.
The children had all created their own plumber tool kits in mini cases. Teachers had prepared the children well.
What else was unique about the preparations?
There were platypus prints leading into the room and up to the pile of Plato the Platypus Plumber (part-time) books.
Can you tell us about the author signing?
International school children have names from many cultures. And that can be a challenge when you are autographing. A first edition book should be dated as well as signed by the author and illustrator, (but he was back in Melbourne)
So Indonesian teachers helped with typed slips of children’s names for autographing. Many are KTC s Kids of the Third Culture, where parents may be nationals of different countries and the child born or schooled in a third. But stories cross all cultures.
Sounds like the teachers were very resourceful, Hazel. And in your book, Plato helps Zanzibar to develop these same kind of problem-solving abilities. Why do you think it’s important for children to have these skills?
Being willing to try new ways of solving problems, even if you get it wrong occasionally, is the only way we learn. It’s okay to do things differently.
What was your favourite part of the launch?
For me the special pleasure was that once I’d talked about how a book was also created by the reader from the clues given by the illustrator and the author, the children sprawled on the rug and all read the book for themselves.
‘Mine is the first Plato book signed in the whole world,’ said one little boy as he sat down to read.
You can find more resources and classroom ideas for all of Hazel's Books by clicking through to the Teachers Resources Page.
- Review of 'Plato the Platypus Plumber' on The Book Chook
- Chris Cheng's 'Plato' review on newkidsbooksinoz blogspot
- Kids Book Review : Interview about author workstyle and recent titles including Plato.
- Bugnews 'His business card states “Pipes, taps and grumpy people fixed”.
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Events & Appearances 2018
1st Fri each month PROV 10-1pm Masterclass: Finishing Book-Length Non Fiction.
2019 PROV Master Class starts Jan 4th
19th Monash, Clayton 6.30
29th (Friday) 11 am Society of Women Writers 'Authorpreneurship' workshop
14th 11am Literary Awards Lunch Hawthorn
21st Book Week: 12-1pm Kismet Park Primary (Sunbury)
29th YABBA Awards Camberwell Girls Grammar.
Nov 10th 2-5pm Non- Boring Writing Workshop, Hawthorn