Mia and Leo Go Wild

Mia and Leo’s first overnight tramp is a great success, despite Mia’s misgivings that younger brother Leo will be too slow.

On the way to Whiowhio Hut, however, they meet other trampers, all of who have a problem with either their preparation or gear.

As Mia and Leo’s family are well prepared they are able to help the other trampers.

Award-winning author of nature books for children, Gillian Candler, teams up with illustrator Gavin Mouldey and the Mountain Safety Council to create this entertaining and informative story for young readers aged 5-10 years.

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Stuff Travel ~ “In conjunction with the NZ Mountain Safety Council (MSC), Mia & Leo Go Wild has been written by award-winning author Gillian Candler, with illustrations by Gavin Mouldey. It follows the outdoor adventure that awaits Mia and her younger brother Leo in their first family overnight tramp to Whiowhio Hut, from the planning to the obstacles they face along the way. MSC Chief Executive Mike Daisley said the book aims to give children the basic knowledge they need to explore the backcountry safely.”  Read the full review and a Q&A with the author.

What Book Next ~ ” Most importantly, this story highlights in an entertaining way, the need for proper preparation before setting off into the New Zealand bush. Having plenty of time to enjoy the tramp, adequate supplies including food and warm clothing if needed, and being prepared to help others if required is also important. In the rear of the book, a fun search and find activity will send you back to the beginning. Three more activities are also waiting to be experienced by young readers. Keeping Safe guidelines and more information on the NZ Mountain Safety Council complete Mia & Leo’s Go Wild! A fantastic introduction for any kiwi kids keen for their own adventure into the New Zealand bush.”

Meet the Kiwi creatorGillian Candler

Find out more about Kiwi author Gillian Candler on her author profile.

Gavin Mouldey started illustrating for Tearaway magazine and local newspapers while in high school. After completing a bachelor’s degree and post graduate studies in graphic design, Gavin doodled for a living in Canada, the UK and Australia, before returning to New Zealand and eventually settling in Kapiti. His art has featured in School Journals, Ready to Read books, the Story Seekers series of chapter books, and in animated form for the Australian show Dogstar. The Game of Awesome, featuring over 230 of his illustrations, is available for free to all New Zealand schools. He illustrated Toroa’s Journey, with text by Maria Gill, also published by Potton & Burton. He lives with his family on the Kapiti coast.

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Dimensions28 × 22 cm

Softcover edition



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Published by

Potton & Burton

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