Whetu Toa And The Magician 

I had the honour of working with Huia Publishing and Steph Matuku on this wonderful illustrated children's chapter book. 




Winner of Storylines Notable Book Junior
Fiction 2019 Award.




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New Zealand Book Awards for children and young adults 2019 Finalist 





When Whetu’s mother takes a job organising a magician’s house and farm, Whetū becomes the animal keeper, looking after a golden ram, three lazy pigs, talking horses, a cowardly bull and the magician's stage assistant – an arrogant white rabbit called Errant. Errant’s been playing around with magic and created a carnivorous lamb, which he can’t change back. Rather than face the magician, Errant disappears and Whetū becomes the magician’s new assistant, just in time for the Royal Performance. It all seems to be going well until Errant reappears to seek his revenge, and Whetū must save the day – and the king.