Author(s): Dave Gunson
Building on the success of his The New Zealand Wildlife Activity Book, popular illustrator Dave Gunson has created an entertaining collection of indoor and outdoor projects for New Zealand kids to learn about nature. Colourful push-out masks and mobiles are printed on the fold-out covers and simple construction skills are all that's required to create a range of nature-based activities, including a rainbow diorama, a wind-whizzer, driftwood sculpture and a segmented creepy-crawly critter. There's science fun to be had with the (amazing) pet cloud and a tornado in a jar, tricky word puzzles to nut out, and clever nature-themed jokes specially devised by Dave. Five levels of Zap the Map encourage kids to locate New Zealand landmarks and natural phenomena on the map, with over 100 places illustrated. Parents, teachers and librarians will welcome the educational value of the many more activities, puzzles and quizzes designed to keep children occupied for hours.
Dave Gunson is a prolific writer and illustrator of children's books. His highly successful colour-illustrated All About series includes Birds, Insects, Plants, Seashore, Sea Life, Garden Wildlife and Wildlife of the Past and is published by New Holland. He has also produced five best-selling natural history Read, Colour and Keep colouring-in books - Birds, Shore and Sea Life, New Zealand Wildlife, Garden Wildlife and Extinct Wildlife, and the encyclopaedic Big Book of New Zealand Wildlife. Dave has recently embarked on a series of board books for very young New Zealanders, comprising NZ Bugs and Critters, NZ Birds, NZ Plants and NZ Shore and Sea. He lives and works in a garden studio in Auckland.