Little Love Publishing
Kara the Kakapo
AUTHOR: Danni Rae
ILLUSTRATOR: Evan Heasman
No matter how hard she would try, Kara from Kakapo just couldn't quite seem to master the art of flying. But with optimism, determination and a little creative thinking can Kara still achieve her dream?
This delightful picture book is the story writing debut from Wellington zookeeper
Danni Rae. Her story is paired with stunning illustrations from Northland artist Evan Heasman (also as Soju Shots), which are a visual feast with vibrant colours and layers of detail to keep both children and adults enthralled.
Danni wrote Kara the Kākāpō, which is the first in a series of animal adventures, as a
way to share her passion for conservation with the youngest of readers.
“As a zookeeper each day I have the opportunity to talk to children about the wonders of animals and conservation. I wanted to use this book as a way to allow children to connect with these animals at home as well,” says Danni.
DIMENSIONS: 220 mm x 220 mm
RECOMMENDED AGE: 2+
REVIEW: A visually stunning book and a catchy fun story about a kākāpō who wanted to fly and did ... after much research and innovation! The author is writing a series of books to share her passion for conservation, with this book being the first
about the critically endangered kākāpō. The story doesn’t discuss the whys and what’s but instead offers a delightful story about a determined and creative kākāpō. At the back of the book is a simple fact sheet about kākāpō. Great for children 2+.
– Swings and Roundabouts Magazine
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Danni is a Wellington based zookeeper and conservationist with a passion for connecting children with animals and the environment.
She has worked in Australia, New Zealand and Madagascar and wants to use her experience to inspire conservation connections through her engaging and educational animal adventure stories. When she isn't working, Danni can be found writing, reading, hiking and traveling!
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:
Evan Heasman (also known by the artist name Soju Shots) is an illustrator who takes great inspiration from nature and fairytales.
He uses a combination of pen, watercolour, photography and digital mediums to create his characters and the magical worlds they come from.
He works between his home in beautiful Waipu and his little studio in Whangarei.