Steve Backshall, naturalist, writer and television presenter for “Deadly 60”.
‘Julia and Martin are old friends in wildlife, genuinely passionate about caring for the animals of tropical Queensland. Beautifully illustrated, Paddy O Melon and the other books in the series all carry a sense of wonder for the animals of Australia, and hopefully will help the new generation to treasure them, and want to learn how to care for them as Julia and Martin have.’
Steve Parish, OAM, Photographer, Naturalist, Author, Educator, Public speaker and Publisher
“Beautiful little book”
Chris Packham – Presenter and Conservationist
“A delightful romp through the rainforest with a wallaby . . . but also a story with an important conservation message that will inspire young people to love and protect this precious environment”
Stephen Moss – Naturalist, Author, TV Producer
“A delightful, funny and moving story, touching on our special relationship with nature, told through the life of an endearing little kangaroo.”
Neil Nightingale, former head of the BBC Natural History Unit and producer of Wild Down Under and the Great Barrier Reef television series.
“Paddy O’Melon is a wonderfully heartwarming story, stylishly written and with beautiful illustrations. I’m sure it will delight children and their parents while also introducing them to the fascinating creatures of the Australian rainforest.”
Wildlife Australia have done a fantastic feature for Paddy O’Melon and are also running a colouring competition. – Click here to read and learn more.
Kids’ Book Review
“This gorgeous story about the wildlife of the rainforests was the creation of highly regarded naturalist, Julia Cooper. … Full page colour illustrations will make children aware of the animals that call the rainforest home; their protection, and the dangers they face from predators and humans.” – Click here to read.
What’s Up Down Under
“Take a journey with Paddy O’Melon through the superbly illustrated pages of this beautiful story which shines a light on some of Australia’s amazing rain forest animals” – Click here to read.
Ultra 106 five
“A wonderful children’s book.” interview with Martin Cohen. Click here to listen in full.
ABC Adelaide, Statewide Evenings with Peter Goers
“A lovely book for children..(Julia’s) regard for all creatures great and small is between these pages, a lovely tribute.” – Click here to listen in full.
“The book follows a young joey who is found and raised by an Irish family who live in the rainforest and often help orphaned or injured animals.. the book would foster a love for and desire to learn more about native animals, especially those unique to Far North Queensland.” – Ilustrator Daryl Dickson interviewed, Click here to read.
“A real character of the wet tropics…Paddy O’Melon is an Irish Kangaroo.. the star of a new children’s book featuring some of the most amazing creatures that live right on our doorstep” – Click here to listen.
Educating Young Children
“…will resonate with all those who care about the Australian rainforest and the animals that inhabit it…“
Click here to read in full.