A finalist for the New Zeland Post’s Children’s Book Award, this is educational story follows a unique snail species exploring the forest at night.
This gorgeously illustrated picture book showcases the native Powelliphanta snail on its perilous nighttime hunt. It explores the forest during the night while facing dangers along the way. A little-known New Zealand creature, the Powelliphanta is not at all like your average garden snail. It is huge, handsome and carnivorous! This story teaches children about the circle of life within nature.
“The artwork is detailed, and the purple, brown, and green hues truly reflect the nighttime scene. Further information after the story provides some insight into the history of the Powelliphanta snail and will likely spark the interest of young bug enthusiasts.” —School Library Journal (U.S.)
“This is an engaging nonfiction addition for early readers and listeners. The active, alliterative text reads aloud well, and additional notes and illustrations at the end of the book offer more scientific information for those looking to go deeper.” —Kirkus Reviews (U.S.)
“It is great to see an information book for young readers about a little-known animal with such an engaging storyline and attractive illustrations.” —Reading Time
“Highly recommended.” —ReadPlus
Gay Hay is a New Zealand environmental enthusiast. Over the many years of her primary school teaching she has helped children plant and nurture thousands of native trees. She has been involved in many environmental initiatives on the Kapiti Coast and is currently leading the lizard investigation as part of the Kapiti Biodiversity Project.
Margaret Tolland is an artist from New Zealand, whose illustrations are packed with detail. Through her work, get closer to the habitats and lifestyles of the many species, both flora and fauna, that she explores with an eye on environmental education. With twenty years’ experience in visual arts education and working in a gallery, Margaret now illustrates full-time.
Age Range: 4-8
Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure
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