Kara the Kākāpō
About the Book
No matter how hard she tried, Kara the Kākāpō 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 writing debut from Wellington zookeeper Danni Rae. Her story is paired with stunning illustrations from Northland artist Evan Heasman (also known 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.
About the Author
Danni Rae is a zookeeper and conservationist with a passion for connecting children with animals and the environment. She wishes to use her experience to inspire conservation connections through engaging and educational animal adventure stories.
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.
"This fun rhyming picture book about a determined wee bird is delightful. The yellow text pops against the muted backgrounds of the night sky and the New Zealand native bush. But far from dull are these illustrations. Beautiful colours almost glow from the page with layers of shapes, shadow, flora and fauna..."
– What Book Next.com
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"You cannot resist picking up a book with a cover as stunning and vibrant as this. The illustrations inside certainly did not disappoint, either. In fact, each illustration was like an artwork in itself that could be framed and displayed... What a sensational debut book! I look forward to more from this collaboration."
– Read NZ/Nadine Molloy, Library Assistant, Remarkables Primary School, Queenstown, Otago
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