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.
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