Lili Wilkinson, novelist, recommends…

(CLASSIC: from Just So Stories, Wordsworth)

This Elephant’s ‘satiable curiosity’, along with the sarcastic drawl of the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake and the treacherous tears of the Crocodile make this the perfect read-aloud story.

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(MODERN: from Red Spikes, Definititions)

Nobody writes short stories like Margo Lanagan. I once heard Margo read this creepy re-imagining of Wee Willie Winkie to a bunch of adults at a science fiction convention. They were all too shocked and horrified to clap at the end – I overheard one gasp ‘but she looks so nice!’

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