Paddy O’Melon eBook

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Paddy O’Melon is the endearing story of a young rainforest kangaroo. Separated from his mother as a young joey, Paddy is found and raised by an Irish family who live in the rainforest and often help orphaned or injured animals. But while Paddy loves his new human family, he’s curious to find out what he really is.

So, he sets out on a journey into the rainforest where he meets a range of other interesting animals — from musky rat-kangaroos to green tree frogs, from ringtail possums to flying-foxes. But all he really wants is to be reunited with his mother and his own kind. Perhaps the cassowary can tell this little red-legged pademelon who he really is and take him safely home?

SPECIFICATIONS: eBook | 215 x 288 mm /8½ x 11¼ Inches | Colour | 32 Pages |

Julia Cooper was born in the UK but moved to Queensland, Australia, where she worked in wildlife education and rehabilitation. Together with her partner, Martin Cohen, she was always busy caring for native animals ranging from flying-foxes to pademelons, wallabies to green tree frogs, possums to bandicoots. Julia’s passion was also for educating people, especially children, about the wonders of the natural world and the need for us to look after our native wildlife. Sadly, in 2011 Julia passed away from an auto-immune disease, leaving this story as part of her legacy. By publishing this book, her partner Martin hopes to keep both Julia’s spirit and message alive.

Daryl Dickson is an award-winning painter and illustrator with a passion for the natural environment and native wildlife rehabilitation. Originally from London, she now lives in Far North Queensland, where she divides her time between her art and working to save the endangered mahogany glider.

Ultra 106 five
“A wonderful children’s book.” interview with Martin Cohen. Click here to listen in full.


Science Teachers Association of NSW
“A delightful book easy to read with beautiful illustrations perfectly suited to young primary aged school children.”


ABC Adelaide, Statewide Evenings with Peter Goers, September 2017
“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.


Cairns Post, August 2017
“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.” – Illustrator Daryl Dickson interviewed, Click here to read


ABC Cairns, August 2017
“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

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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.

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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.”