Pukeko has a passion – he loves to dance!

He shows off his moves through the swamp, the riverbed and the cabbage-tree grove.

Pukeko’s friends think he’s a great dancer, but they don’t like his plan to dance on the road!

Pukeko has his own opinion about that…

Written by Marie Langley and illustrated by Dean Raybould

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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!

Kiwi author Marie Langley Marie Langley

Find out more about Golden Bay author Marie Langley on her author page.

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’s artistic style is quirky and entertaining, often thought provoking. At times it includes extra text such as speech bubbles that add another level of entertainment. The Pukeko books were his first foray into children’s picture book illustration.

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Dimensions 23 × 21.5 cm

Softcover edition



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Marie Langley


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