Written by Rob Towner
Illustrated by the students at St Dominic’s Centre for Hearing Impaired Children
Edited by Andrew Towner
SYNOPSIS: When Abby question’s her father Steve about his obsession with stockpiling fly spray, he sits her down and tells her the story that started it all. Steve then proceeds to tell Abby the completely true story of Patrick the Cicada, an insect living in 1956 who (with the help of plenty of other animal friends) stands up to the biggest bully in the backyard, a Parakeet named Leslie.
1956 was monumental year in Australian history. It was the first year you could actually buy cans of fly spray. It was also the same year that televisions were introduced, and it was the same year the Olympics were held in Melbourne. Were all these events related to Patrick’s story? SPOILER ALERT: Yes. They were. Why else would I mention them? Back then there were also these giant orange cubes floating way up in the sky, invisible to the human eye. But I don’t have time to go into them right now.
This story is more than just an environmental hippy attack on people who spray fly spray all over the place. And it’s more than an anti-bullying campaign. This is a story about the importance of family. This story is about sticking up for your friends, no matter what species you are.
Audience: This is a story for kids of all ages with plenty of animals and poo
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