Published on August 29th, 2021 | by Tony Smith

Poppy the Punk Turtle Book Review

Poppy the Punk Turtle Book Review Tony Smith

Summary: Poppy the Punk Turtle is a very thoughtful and engaging read!



Poppy is one groovy turtle!

Written by Aleesah Darlison and illustrated by Mel Matthews, Poppy, the Punk Turtle (aka Mary River Turtle) is from the endangered animals tales and is an edutainment hardcover book for children. Not only does it raise the plight of these animals but will hopefully inspire children to carry this important message to others.

Additionally, the book successfully gives the younger reader and the adult a great insight into the endangered Mary River Turtles of Queensland who amazingly breathe out of their bums while underwater. They are also omnivores and love to eat algae, insects, mussels and prawns while also enjoying the afternoon sun. They are fierce protectors of their young and are one of Australia’s most ancient and unfortunately threatened species of freshwater turtles as explained by the author.

Supporting these fun facts are the wonderful illustrations of Mel Matthews and while Poppy looks like a punk, she actually has green algae growing on the head and shell to make it look like green hair and as a result makes this delightful creature quite lovable and relatable… and they look like a rock ‘n’ roll punk!

Final Thoughts?

Beautifully written and illustrated, Poppy the Punk Turtle is a not only a powerful message of conservation but is hopefully written in a way that will allow children to come to the plight of these equally beautiful freshwater turtles of Mary River in Queensland.

Highly Recommended!

Book Details

  • Published: 31 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9781760899233
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $19.99

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