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  • Published: 31 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9780143773146
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $19.99

The Midnight Adventures of Ruru and Kiwi

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Ruru and Kiwi invite you to their midnight forest feast, in this delightful twist on the tale of the Owl and the Pussycat, with enchanting illustrations by the winner of the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award 2019.

The delightful rhyming story of Ruru and Kiwi, who host a midnight forest party for their friends, with award-winning illustrations.
The Ruru and Kiwi went into the bush,
wrapped snug in night’s velvety black.
They took some runny manuka honey
tied up in a flax-woven sack.
Drawing on a cast of nocturnal New Zealand creatures, with award-winning illustrations by Amy Haarhoff, Clare Scott's story imagines Edward Lear's famous nonsense poem taking place in a moonlit forest in Aotearoa.

  • Pub date: 31 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9780143773146
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Authors

Clare Scott

Perhaps Clare Scott was born with too many words. She was always in trouble at school for talking too much (yes, even when she was the teacher!), and loved writing anything and everything. Books are a huge part of her world so the word bank is constantly being refilled. Clare’s crazy imagination persistently prods her with new ideas. (This is not always a good thing, or good timing!) The Midnight Adventures of Ruru and Kiwi is her first children’s picture book, although she’s had many stories published with Sunshine Books. She has recently swapped her home by the bush to life by the beach where she spends time watching the birds and waves, and searching for treasures, shells, clouds, sunsets, rainbows - and stories. Sometimes she even writes in the sand…

Amy Haarhoff

Amy Haarhoff is an illustration student, studying for her Masters from Falmouth University. She was raised on her dad’s macabre storytelling, her mum’s art materials, and an endless supply of library books. While researching for a project in a bookshop in July 2018, she came across a picture book that changed her life: Cicada, by Shaun Tan. She walked out with a copy of the book and a determination to create stories of her own. In 2019, her exceptional sample pictures for The Midnight Adventures of Ruru and Kiwi saw her win the 2019 Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for Illustration. In 2020 Amy's selection of completed illustrations for the book earned her a longlisting for the AOI World Illustration Awards. She lives in Palmerston North.

Praise for The Midnight Adventures of Ruru and Kiwi

“beautifully presented Kiwiana . . . Perfect for a bedtime story and to nurture the love of reading and stories with your little ones.”

Sue's Reviews, Wairarapa Times-Age

“As well as the story what makes this book special are the beautiful illustrations of the nocturnal creatures as they arrive one by one for the midnight feast in the bush...I think that children 3 years and up would really enjoy this book. They will soon want to join in the rhymes.”

Lyn Potter, Grownups.co.nz

“...it’s a really fun read that will bring a smile to your kids' faces.”

Sarah Forster, The Sapling

“The fun rhyming text alongside the magical illustrations ... will delight and begs for repeat readings. At the back of the book is a fact sheet about night-time creatures of the bush. For readers 2+.”

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Check out our downloadable poster where you can meet some of the characters invited to Ruru and Kiwi's midnight feast.

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