In the rocky outcrops of Middle Island, on a tiny rock, lives a waddle of little penguins. With foxes lurking, the penguin population of Middle Island isn’t looking good. Chooks In Dinner Suits is a funny yet heartwarming book about a man’s mission to save a penguin colony, assisted by two very unusual helpers, Max and Mimi, the Maremma dogs.
The local chicken farmer, known as Swampy Marsh, is certain that he can train his two Maremma dogs, Max and Mimi to become penguin guardians. They have been protecting his chooks for years and after all, penguins are really just chooks in dinner suits. Everyone laughs at Swampy’s idea but with the penguin count down to just a few, the townsfolk are desperate and decide to give the Maremma dogs a chance to become the guardians of Middle Island.
Inspired by a sign on a toilet block, spruiking the success of the Middle Island Maremma project, author Diane Jackson Hill thought a picture book was the perfect way to show kids that creative and natural solutions can work. Take a little peek inside this lovely book here.
The uplifting tale will teach children about the importance of protecting and restoring our marine environment. The delightful illustrations by Craig Smith will open up your child’s imagination, bringing the story to life.
Find Chooks in Dinner Suits online at Booktopia.