Rock Pools: A Guide for Kiwi Kids


ROCK POOLS: A Guide for Kiwi Kids


Published by Potton & Burton, September 20, 2019, RRP: $29.99 hardback/ $19.99 paperback

Rock Pools are enchanting places that have captivated Kiwi kids for generations. Ned Barraud’s book Rock Pools: A Guide for Kiwi Kids offers an intriguing glimpse into the world of the creatures that inhabit these low-tide wonderlands.

Ned’s book is also full of quirky facts. Did you know that a brittle starfish will regrow a leg if it’s bitten off? That sea anemones have stinging tentacles that can paralyse their prey? Or that welk can drill a hole into a sea snails shell?

Growing up on the Nelson Waterfront, Ned often disappeared down to the rocky shore for hours of fun and exploration. Now, Ned has passed his infatuation with rock pools on to his three children, who, like other Kiwi kids, love to spend hours gazing into perfectly still pools. Here, they watch the busy activities of crabs, sea anemones, starfish, barnacles, shrimps and all the other weird and wonderful sea creatures that are to be found, although they are yet to find a seahorse!

Expect to find all the common species from the New Zealand seashore in Rock Pools: A Guide for Kiwi Kids, all of which are brought to life by Ned’s charming story and colourful illustrations. Together, they encourage Kiwi kids aged 5 to 10 (and their parents!) to get their hands wet and explore Aotearoa’s natural world.

Ned Barraud studied art at Victoria University of Wellington and has been illustrating children’s books since 2000. He has illustrated seven books in the highly successful ‘Explore and Discover’ series about different ecosystems in New Zealand, and three solo book projects, including Watch out for the Weka, and 2018’s acclaimed book on insects Backyard Beasts. Ned lives in Wellington with his wife and three children. For more, go to:

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