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  • Published: 26 August 2015
  • ISBN: 9780143506386
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $19.99

We're Going On a Moa Hunt


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Kids will love this fun New Zealand retelling of the classic adventure, which hides a moa in every illustration.

Kids will love this fun New Zealand retelling of the classic adventure, which hides a moa in every illustration.
We're going on a moa hunt. We're not scared.
We're going to catch a BIG one. We're NOT scared!
Uh-oh . . . a tangly forest!
CRACK, CREAK, SNAP!

Join in the search! But you'll need to keep your eyes open . . . could it be that a moa is hunting YOU?

We're Going on a Moa Hunt is a fabulous New Zealand adventure that takes readers on an exciting journey through the country's spectacular landscapes. Award-winning Patrick McDonald's pictures teem with native plants and wildlife, and sharp-eyed kids will love discovering the moa cleverly hidden in every scene of the hunt.

'''Uh-oh'', this Kiwi retelling of the classic children's tale is likely to prove as popular as the original! In this version, three children venture out in search of the eponymous moa ''swishing and rustling'' across a wide paddock, scalding their feet on ''scorching sizzling sand'', slurping their way through a ''sucky mucky swamp'' and so on. Vivid illustrations of a variety of New Zealand landscapes, flora and fauna are sure to keep another generation enthralled.' Helen Speirs, Otago Daily Times

  • Pub date: 26 August 2015
  • ISBN: 9780143506386
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Patrick McDonald

Patrick McDonald can't remember a time when he hasn't been interested in drawing or some aspect of design. He has always held a strong interest in narrative illustration and so it's no surprise that he has been earning a living illustrating for children ever since he graduated from Massey University of Wellington's School of Design. In 2013 he won the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for Illustration, which led to the publication of his first children's picture book, A Perfect Chirpy Christmas by Kyle Mewburn. We're Going on a Moa Hunt (Puffin, 2015) is his second picture book. Patrick lives in Petone, Wellington.

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Praise for We're Going On a Moa Hunt

“''Uh-oh'', this Kiwi retelling of the classic children's tale is likely to prove as popular as the original! In this version, three children venture out in search of the eponymous moa ''swishing and rustling'' across a wide paddock, scalding their feet on ''scorching sizzling sand'', slurping their way through a ''sucky mucky swamp'' and so on. Vivid illustrations of a variety of New Zealand landscapes, flora and fauna are sure to keep another generation enthralled.”

Helen Speirs, Otago Daily Times

“This retelling of an old favourite will delight all who read this book.”

Swings and Roundabouts

“Commercial success and artistic excellence aren't always mutually exclusive - this is a keeper, this book.”

John McIntyre, Nine to Noon

“This will be a well loved, well read book in any young child's home.”

Daily Post and other syndicated newspapers

“Young readers will love reciting the onomatopoeic words. . . . The bold and bright illustrations are peppered with local wildlife. It's fun to try and find the creatures taking cover in the bush, trees, streams, hills and beaches (information on the back flap helps with the search). The two boys and one girl explore on their own and tramp through the challenges with determination. Their expressive faces show their apprehension when they eventually meet the huge bird. The final scene wraps up their adventure and shows why the moa chased them home. This attractive publication celebrates New Zealand's environment, and encourages kids to go outdoors and explore.”

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