Published by Pan Macmillan, 2009
For readers age 8+
Prince Zackary doesn’t want to train as a knight. He’d rather use his sword to cut sandwiches than limbs. Neither does he want to be an artist or a scholar – in fact Zackary has gone through more tutors than a hydra has heads.
When he is sent on an errand to the Zoo of Magical and Mythological Creatures, he discovers many odd denizens, from murderous manticores to sorrowful squonks – and a zookeeper who thinks he’s there to apply for a job! Powerful magic is needed to control the zoo’s inhabitants, and Acacia, the zoo’s sorcerer, needs and assistant.
As Zackary settles into his strange new role, a ship approaches across dark seas. On board is the most dangerous and destructive creature the zoo has ever seen!
A Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book, 2010