Diane Jackson Hill and Craig Smith

Chooks in Dinner Suits


On a tiny island lives a waddle of Little Penguins. But their numbers are dwindling.

Swampy Marsh knows what to do, but no one will listen. Soon he can count the last few penguins on the fingers of one hand.

Finally the desperate townsfolk give Swampy, and his friends Max and Mimi, a chance.

Will they be able to save the Little Penguins of Middle Island?

A warmly funny account of one man’s quest to save a penguin colony, with two very unusual helpers. This story is based on events that took place on Middle Island, Warrnambool and have become well known to the public. This true story, which features both human and animal heroes, has been written as a heartwarming tale by Diane Jackson Hill. Craig Smith’s lively illustrations capture all the drama and humour of the predicament and the characters involved.

Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature, Winner 2017
CBCA, Notable Award for Picture Book of the Year 2017
CBCA, Notable Award for Eve Pownell Information Book of the Year 2017

  • Author: Diane Jackson Hill
  • Illustrator: Craig Smith
  • Publisher: Museums Victoria Publishing
  • Date of Publication: 1st June 2016
  • ISBN: 9781921833380
  • Number Of Pages: 32
  • Format: Paperback
  • For Ages: 3+ years old
  • Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 28.0