Distributed for Reaktion Books
From Kanga and her son Roo in Winnie the Pooh to the boxing champ Hippety Hopper who punches Sylvester in Looney Tunes, kangaroos appear frequently in children’s books, cartoons, and songs. They are a favorite animal at zoos, charming yet peculiar-looking with their powerful hind legs, long tails, and pouches. Though kangaroos are beloved in the imagination, but reality of their relationship with humans is darker and more troubled. In this book, John Simon tackles the story of these marsupials—and their use and abuse—in global history.
208 pages | 60 color plates, 40 halftones | 5 3/8 x 7 1/2 | © 2013
Biological Sciences: Natural History
“This study, part of a terrific series, is an entertaining, informed, concise but comprehensive introduction to the beast. . . . It’s the symbolic power of the animal, the way it has become so emblematic of the country here and internationally, from the idealised depictions in Skippy to boxing kangaroos and almost infinite commercial use, to darker depictions in literature and film of kangeroo culls, that preoccupies much of this finely illustrated text.”
“Kangaroos signify the other and, indeed, much about them is outlandish. The species is subject to ignorance, but as Simons argues, it has much to teach us. A thorough and entertaining read about a species too many here take for granted.”
Sydney Morning Herald
Table of Contents
1. What is a Kangaroo?
2. The Kangaroo Meets its New Neighbours
3. The Kangaroo at Home
4. The Kangaroo Abroad
5. Tailpiece: The Curious Kangaroo
Timeline of the Kangaroo
Associations and Websites