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  • Published: 30 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143772187
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $19.99

Puffin the Architect

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Meet Puffin, a clever architect who always creates the perfect home for her clients. But her newest clients are VERY hard to please!

Puffin is an architect who always exceeds her clients’ expectations, that is, until she takes on the toughest clients ever – her own pufflings!
WINNER - NZ Booklovers Award 2019 Best Children's Book
Puffin takes her tricky new clients on an inspirational tour of her builds. Together they visit all kinds of cleverly designed spaces - Otter's floating home, Pig's toolshed on wheels, Painter Goose's light-filled studio and Platypus's cosy underground bakehouse.

The pufflings are unimpressed.

Her clients really are a challenge! Will Puffin come up with a puffling-perfect home design?

This gorgeous story, with endearing animal characters, intriguing house designs, ingenious mechanisms and storage solutions to pore over on every page, will spark a brand new generation of architects, engineers and interior designers!

  • Pub date: 30 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143772187
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Kimberly Andrews

Kimberly Andrews is a trained biologist and geologist who grew up in the Canadian Rockies, and she has also lived and worked in New Zealand, Borneo and the UK.
In London, she worked for The House of Illustration, whose main ambassador is Quentin Blake. She also worked at the Natural History Museum, both in the live Butterfly House and also behind the scenes, assisting the curation of mammal specimens in the dry stores.
Kimberly lives in a small house near Wellington, where she illustrates and writes, and runs her business Tumbleweed Tees, which features New Zealand birds and wildlife.
Her first picture book, Tuna and Hiriwa by Ripeka Takotowai Goddard (Huia, 2016), won a 2017 Storylines Notable Book Award. In 2019 Puffin the Architect, Kimberly's first picture book which she both wrote and illustrated, was awarded a Storylines Notable Picture Book Award and the inaugural NZ Booklovers Award for Best Children’s Book.

Praise for Puffin the Architect

“Puffin is a truly amazing architect!”

George Clarke, architect and television presenter

“...endearing animals, well-drawn pictures of imaginative houses and a likeable narrator — but then came the moment that shocked Miss Nine and, because of her reaction, stunned me. Puffin the architect is a woman — and why shouldn’t she be? After all, it is 2018 not 1958. But the fact that my daughter was still surprised by that tells me we need more books like Puffin the Architect. It could well spark a whole new generation of architects, engineers and interior designers.”

Dionne Christian and Zoe Gadd, Weekend Herald

“Absolutely gorgeous. It's a picture book done by a New Zealand writer and illustrator, and it's the story of a mother puffin who is an architect. Which is nice for starters because, you know, we don't have a lot of picture books for kids about professional roles for women...It's just so beautifully done; the illustrations are lovely.”

Joan Mackenzie, Radio Live

“Delightful story and beautifully illustrated...perfect for read aloud storytime”

Sue's Reviews, Wairarapa Times-Age Weekend

“This is a visually appealing picture book, with muted earthy tones and a charming central character in Puffin the Architect...It was refreshing to find that the working professional in this Puffin family is female and she is clearly very good at what she does, satisfying all her clients through careful listening and expert planning. I think older primary children will get the most out of this book and I can just see young readers imagining what they might include in their own future homes, just as I used to when reading Dr Suess’s Come Over to My Place as a child.”

Melinda Szymanik, Scoop Review of Books

“Kimberly Andrew’s delightful cut-away paintings are perfect for children to explore, matching the design element from the poem. Pilot Moose's treetop home includes cupboards for his flannel shirts, a pulley-operated lift and a flying fox between the bathroom and his house. Look for the energetic pufflings on each double-page spread, flying or playing with Pig's collapsible stools. Architectural drawings, blue prints and plans add to the interest of this fun picture book.”

Rhyllis Bignell, ReadPlus

“This is such a perfect book for young ones for so many reasons. It will join the ever-growing group of books about makers and designers, offering ideas and solutions. The read aloud qualities are many. The large format size will enable an audience to participate as the rhyming text flows beautifully. There is a lot of detail in the visuals, which will be studied by inquisitive readers again and again. This is an exciting new publication.”

Liz Derouet, Still Talking About Books

“A gorgeous story, with endearing characters, intriguing house designs, ingenious mechanisms and intricate storage solutions...It's no wonder George Clarke (George Clarke's Amazing Spaces) loves it too!”

Ruth McIntyre, Australian Women's Weekly

“This book is a delightful tale of a mum trying to create the right home for her pufflings – but they are proving a little difficult to please. It's a fun romp through different, intricately designed houses, perfect for each client, but what's really breath-taking is the writing. To see a book completed in flawless rhyme, building page by page while subtly reusing and adapting each section to a new house and owner – well, it's rather astounding and worthy of a very long round of applause. The illustrations are fabulously drawn and coloured, with a lot of detailed work for the plans throughout. The family interactions are endearing, and there's a lot to relate to as the little pufflings fail to appreciate their mum's genius! This is a delightful read for ages 3+, and school-age kids also get plenty out of the detail.”

The Sapling's Best New Zealand Picture Books of 2018

“Witty, with wonderfully detailed illustrations. This is a great read-aloud book.”

Paddy Richardson, Heidi North and Rebekah Fraser., Judges' comments, NZ Booklovers Awards

“Cleverly written in verse and with wonderfully detailed illustrations, this is a great read-aloud book and one that children will also enjoy reading alone for both the intricacies of the drawings and the ideas of planning a “custom-built” house. A picture book which can be read over many times and used as a creative discussion point for children’s own choices about house designs, Puffin the Architect has a richness, depth and complexity of concepts that will appeal to kids over a wide range of ages.”

Judges' report, NZ Booklovers Awards

Awards & Recognition

  • NZ Booklovers Award

    Winner • 2019 • NZ Booklovers Award for Best Children's Book

  • Storylines Notable Picture Book Award

    Awarded • 2019 • A Storylines Notable Picture Book

  • New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

    Finalist • 2019 • Best Picture Book

  • New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

    Finalist • 2019 • Russell Clark Award for Illustration

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A Q&A with Kimberly Andrews, the talented author/illustrator of Puffin the Architect.
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