Albert of Adelaide

Orphaned platypus Albert has escaped from the zoo. Now he's on a quest to find the "Old Australia." Instead, he meets Jack, a pyromaniacal wombat and the first of many eccentric creatures -- others include militant kangaroos, menacing dingoes, and a washed-up Tasmanian devil -- that Albert encounters on his journey. Howard L. Anderson's novel is an uproarious introduction to the menagerie of characters living just outside our enclosures.

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