Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Kiwi critters star in new picture book from Dawn McMillan, Stephanie Thatcher and Ngaere Roberts

There’s a Weta on my Sweater

He Wētā kei runga i tōku Paraka

Dawn McMillan

Illustrated by Stephanie Thatcher

Māori text by Ngaere Roberts


Second book in bilingual nature story series brings fun and games when weta and friends come to school

After the success of her first title in a new nature-driven series, There’s a Tui in our Teapot , bestselling author Dawn McMillan turns her attention to critters in There’s a Weta on my Sweater — to be published in November.

Illustrator Stephanie Thatcher has had a load of fun bringing the gang of Kiwi critters and kids to life, and esteemed translator Ngaere Roberts has rendered it all into lively te Reo.


In the story, weta and friend (including beetle, frog, centipede, stick insect and huhu) come to school with the kids for Show and Tell. 

In the classroom weta marches along while his friends show what they can do — singing, dancing and scaring the teacher! 


But they don’t want to stay in the classroom! Where will they go? Will Koro be able to help his mokopuna keep the critters safe?


There’s not only vivid illustration, hilarious text and a fine Māori translation — but also a fun spread at the end that shares facts about weta, spider, frog and friends and links to find out more

Oratia Books will donate a percentage of sales from the book to the Entomological Society of New Zealand to help conserve and study native insects.


The authors

Dawn McMillan is an internationally recognised writer of children’s books who lives north of Thames. Among her many popular works are I Need a New Bum! and There’s a Tui in our TeapotStephanie Thatcher is an author, picture book illustrator and graphic designer who lives in Huia, West Auckland. Ngaere Roberts is a teacher and well-regarded speaker of Te Reo Māori who lives in Helensville.

Dawn McMillan in her writing studio 

Stephanie Thatcher
Ngaere Roberts

Publication: 4 November 2020  |  ISBN: 978-0-947506-76-6 |  RRP $25.99

Hardback, 270 x 210 mm, 32 pages colour

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