Waata The Weta: Can He Find The Perfect Home?

This is the story of Waata the Weta who is very different from other weta..!

Other weta live in the dark…Waata wants fun adventures and life in the sun.

He leaves his home in the woodpile and sets out on a journey to find the perfect home.

Written by Josephine Carson-Barr and illustrated by Simon Barr

$19.95 incl. GST

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Suitable for ages 2-6 with a comic style. Enjoy a blackboard of facts about weta. A Twinkl NZ resource has been made for this book.


“Waata the Weta has a wild mop of funky red hair, the hugest teethy grin, an adventurous spirit, and more facial expressions than you could ever imagine in one so small….” ~ Kiwi author, editor and manuscript assessor Donna Blaber reviews Waata the Weta for The Kiwi Kids’ Bookstore. Read the full review.

“Amazing book and the best illustrations I have ever seen in my life. It is an amazing comic. My friends would like it.” ~ Joshua, 9 years old.

“Weta are scary -but not once you get to know them! This is not just a book for little kids. A copy sits on our coffee table and we have been surprised at how quickly casual readers of all ages become engrossed. The subtle interweaving of storyline and wonderfully whimsical graphics enchants all as they search for unspoken detail. The Auckland sky tower shows up on one skyline. A friendly fly helps to keep Waata and his possessions, including his precious toy monkey together…..Jo Carson-Barr and son Simon do a superb job following a Brave Bloke who takes on the job of finding a new home as the winter woodpile diminishes.” ~ Juliet Leigh JP, BA, Dip of Teaching

“Waata the Weta is a fantastic book to read individually with a child or for children to read by themselves.  The strength lies in the discussion that takes place while reading and there is so much to talk about the story and to enjoy the symbols written like a Comic. The illustrations are outstanding and the book appeals to all age groups – children and adults.” ~ Raewyn Minty, Reading Recovery Teacher, and Pauline Simpson, Speech and Drama Teacher

Kiwi author Josephine Carson-BarrJosephine Carson-Barr

Find out more about Josephine Carson-Barr and her illustrator son Simon Barr via Jo’s author page.


Additional information

Dimensions20 × 24 cm

Softcover edition



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Published by

VA Publishing


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