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The Stroogle
Author: Stelzer Cameron

ISBN: 9780975670101
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 1 October 2004
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 27.0 x 21.5
The Stroogle is a modern twist to the classic ugly duckling story. The simple rhyming text leads the reader through an adventure of rejection, misunderstanding and sadness to friendship, courage and acceptance.

Unlike the traditional story where the swan grows beautiful and is subsequently accepted, the Stroogle is befriended by a rather drab looking mouse. He then has the courage to show his 'true colours' when he leads the mouse on a daring rescue of the garden gnomes from the much larger hungry fox.

The Stroogle was written and illustrated by Dr Cameron Stelzer during the year he spent working at the Natural History Museum in London (2002-03). He was inspired by the many weird and wonderful creatures the museum held in its collection.

The character evolved in Cameron's pocket sketch book and everything around him became part of the story. Street buskers became garden gnomes and even stuffed foxes and mice from the museum's collection found their way into the story. A well-timed visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens provided Cameron with all the garden an...

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