My Grandmother used to sing that Edward Lear nonsense poem to me when I lived in Cornwall.
The owl and the pussycat went to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat…
I’ve always loved that poem and one day I thought it might be fun to see if I could write an Ozzie version. While I wanted to keep the same meter and the same number of verses I was also keen to make sure that the setting and the characters were uniquely Australian.
The Croc and the Platypus trundled off in a rusty old Holden ute…
Fans of Lear’s will relish the lilting musical quality of Hosking’s verse as she transports us as effortlessly as Julia Donaldson through the Australian outback with as an incongruous couple as the Owl and Pussycat; Croc and Platypus.
Hosking is spot on with this ingenious retelling of a childhood classic however, somehow makes it feel much more loose and flowing and bizarrely, even easier to read than the original. Her narrative sings with a down-to-earth gritty realism but is delivered with Lear’s same congenial, nonsensical joie de vive. Hub caps ring and didgeridoos blow as Platypus and Croc ‘play up a hullabaloo…baloo.’
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