In his 1987 book Wombat Revenge, Kenneth Cook tells the story of his unfortunate meeting with a quokka, a small member of the marsupial family (which includes wallabies and kangaroos). Quokkas are adorable little smilers cloaking a mean streak.
This, as you can tell, captured my imagination.
Read on as Quokka tells how he dealt with Kenneth Cook trying to be his friend.
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There are some kids who grab your heart without them even knowing it.
The girl above is just a random kid, but her sunniness reminded me of a slightly younger version of herself at one of my book signings. She came up to me afterward and, without saying a word, slipped her hand into mine and beamed.