Pukeko is the first in a series of three picture books about a pukeko who loves to dance. The stories are entertaining and also contain some life lessons, such as learning that dancing on the road is not a good idea!
Author – Marie Langley
Illustrator – Dean Raybould
The current editions of the Pukeko picture books, including the first publication of Pukeko the Explorer, have been illustrated by talented artist, Dean Raybould. Dean and his family have recently moved to Oamaru but previously lived in Golden Bay for many years which was where the connection between author and illustrator was established. Dean’s artistic style is very quirky and entertaining, often thought provoking. At times it includes extra text such as speech bubbles that add another level of entertainment. Dean’s other work often includes painting on ‘found’ objects such as musical instruments. The Pukeko books were his first foray into children’s picture book illustration.
Book layout – Chloe Langley
Marie’s daughter, Chloe Langley, assisted with layout and design work for all of these books, making sure the manuscripts were print-ready. Chloe is an experienced graphic designer. She is also a talented singer/songwriter and a photographer, plus a busy mum to her son.
Marie is a freelance writer, working from her home in Golden Bay, in the top northwest corner of the South Island. Previously, she spent 19 years teaching in secondary and area schools. Marie is the author of many educational resource titles, mainly for NZ company Essential Resources (100+ titles for ER since 2003), but also for other publishers including Learning Media (Ready to Read, Junior Journal, School Journal, and curriculum targeted readers for USA schools).
Find out more about Marie and how to contact her on her author page.