'Princess Sheeba' by Malcolm J. Croan

Adults/Kids will enjoy this humorous tale of an orphaned dingo pup. In a recent literary competition, was placed second. Comments included ‘The next Lion King!’

Born on an abandoned cattle station in the searing heat of the Australian outback, Sheeba after surviving an opportunistic attack by a family of wild boar, is rescued from marauding buckaroos by Kaz The Wise One, a rather eccentric but well meaning kookaburra. Unable to care for the estranged dingo pup, Kaz with Sheeba dangling precariously from his beak takes her home to the more forgiving climate of the coastal bush. Here in the early hours of dawn, he places the helpless whelp in the pouch of a baron, but profusely lactating old female kangaroo, known to all the group as Aunt Gerty.

Acceptance by the entire mob of kangaroos is not a forgone conclusion, but with the help and mentorship of Big Red the leader of the group Sheeba is accepted by the adult roos but shunned by the younger joeys. Desperate to be just like all the other young kangaroos, but spurned at every attempt because of her short hind legs, puny tail, and golden color, Sheeba finally has to accept that she is a dingo, and if Kaz the wise one is to be believed, is of royal blood.

  • Classification: Universal
  • Work is: Fully available on Authonomy
  • First submitted May 14, 2009
  • Last updated May 14, 2009
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  • Retired user
    mrsdfwt [Retired] wrote 3 years, 11 months ago
    Callum, You capture life in the wild so marvelously well. I had never heard of a kookaburra before, and had a hard time putting him together in my mind, but by the end of chapter three, Kaz was the most beautiful bird in God's creation. I loved his interaction with the mother dingo,especially his protectiveness of her pups. You have a gift for getting into the animal's heads and telling the story from their POV. I truly admire your work. ...
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    CallumC Author wrote 4 years, 3 months ago

    [QUOTE] Callum,
    This was a refreshing read. I feel a bit done in after weeding through all of the heavy, violent or otherwise dark tales on the site. Loved Kaz. Very well-written. Thank you for uploading it here.
    Best,
    John B Campbell [ENDQUOTE]

    Thank you John for the kind words. "PS" has been published by Solstice Publishing, but is shortly to be re-published with a professional edit, and some illustrations.
    Yours CallumC - http://callumc.wordpress.com/

  • Nigel Fields's avatar
    Nigel Fields wrote 4 years, 3 months ago

    Callum,
    This was a refreshing read. I feel a bit done in after weeding through all of the heavy, violent or otherwise dark tales on the site. Loved Kaz. Very well-written. Thank you for uploading it here.
    Best,
    John B Campbell

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    Raymond Crane wrote 4 years, 5 months ago

    Your book is excellent for children and so I will back it - perhaps you could have a look at my books - goodluck !

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    CallumC Author wrote 4 years, 6 months ago

    Thanks Terry for commenting , and for backing 'Princess Sheeba.' It had just been published as apaperback, though as yet without illustrations: http://www.solsticepublishing.com/products/Princess-Sheeba-%28Print%29.html

    C.

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    Terry Hall [Retired] wrote 4 years, 6 months ago

    Just a wonder of a tale

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    Charley Charley [Retired] wrote 4 years, 6 months ago

    A delightful tale and for young and old alike. You can tell a good story. Very well told.

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    Heidi Wolf [Retired] wrote 4 years, 6 months ago

    I will ensure that my grandchildren read this one. It brings back many memories of childhood stories.

  • Kevin O'Donnell's avatar
    Kevin O'Donnell wrote 4 years, 6 months ago

    Excellent, tightly written delight. Children should enjoy this, girls especially. Backed with pleasure.
    Kevin

  • Carol Browne's avatar
    Carol Browne wrote 4 years, 6 months ago

    Delightful. Backed.

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    Leda Joandaughter wrote 4 years, 8 months ago

    Your book is wonderful. Good luck to you! LJ

  • CarolinaAl's avatar
    CarolinaAl wrote 4 years, 8 months ago

    A delightful tale. Fabulous attention to detail. Well-imagined storytlling. Vivid, believable characters. Effective dialogue. Amazing plot. A well-crafted wonder. Backed.

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    Diane60 wrote 4 years, 8 months ago

    Malcolm,
    ok have read the whole book and i stand by what i said earlier. absolutely delightful
    It has eliments of Tarka, Born Free, Black Beauty...
    You can see this becoming a series of adventures easily.
    Love the youtube film of the main characters.
    Although you can picture them all from your writing.
    Totally got into your world( and Sheebas')
    wonderful read,
    Thanks so much for letting me read it
    :)

    Diane

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    Diane60 wrote 4 years, 8 months ago

    Malcolm,
    Lovely, enchanting, delightful ...and yes i want more
    The idea to have the narrator a third party and not a god like being or even a flashback by sheeba herself is super.
    Enjoyed it immensely.
    ;)
    Diane

  • Barry Wenlock's avatar
    Barry Wenlock wrote 4 years, 8 months ago

    Hi Malcolm,
    This is well-written and there's no doubt about who is the star of your book. A great portrayal of Sheeba the dingo. I really hope this is appreciated by the YA crowd. 10-14yr olds for sure.
    Backed with pleasure,
    Barry
    LITTLE KRISNA AND THE BIHAR BOYS

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    andrew skaife wrote 4 years, 9 months ago

    What an endearing story. The obvious devices of animal writing are ignored whilst some tender and heart wrenching narrative unflods. I was rooting for the dingo from the start and as the work opened up your characterisations and personifications were perfect.

    BACKED

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    lizjrnm [Retired] wrote 4 years, 9 months ago

    This is awesome! If I were a publisher Id be dialing your number pronto! Backed 100%!

    Liz
    The Cheech Room

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    KW wrote 4 years, 10 months ago

    I agree with homewriter. This is a lovely story. "Dingoes usually travel in packs." The poor mother to be finds a place under the old station house to have the pups, crows are going crazy, but luckily Kaz was around. The runt of the litter, the Princess of Sheeba, is helped by the wise one. I'll be back to readmore when I get a little time. Backed for now.

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    homewriter wrote 4 years, 10 months ago

    What a lovely story. Well told and will be very popular with its target audience. Excellent. Not sure about 'pesky crows' but kids will know what you mean! Gordon

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    Elizabeth Wolfe wrote 4 years, 10 months ago
    Dear Malcolm, This is such a heart warming story. It reminds me of The Ugly Duckling, where he was different than the rest of the ducklings, but grew up to be the beautiful swan. So endearing, I think you have a wonderful way with children's literature! BACKED Elizabeth Wolfe (MEMORIES OF GLORY) Here is your chance to get a double backing. My friend, homewriter, and I have similar taste in writing and trust each other's judgment. Back my book and ...
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