Gentle Giant Wetapunga

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By Annemarie Florian
Format Paperback / softback
Page Extent 36
Book Size 250 x 250 x 4
Imprint New Holland Publishers
Release Date 6/11/2017

Impressed with the spectacular size and startling features of these colossal crickets, Maori dubbed them Wetapunga, god of ugly things. Later, scientists chose the genus name Deinacrida, demon grasshopper.
So far 11 Giant species have been identified spread throughout New Zealand and since 2009 the Weta Recovery Group established by the Dept of Conservation has colllaborated with dedicated organisations, iwi and individuals to help safeguard this threatened species.

This is the second book from Annemarie Florian in this series introducing threatened species. Her book Kiwi: the real story won the Children's Choice Non-Fiction award in 2013.


Terry Fitzgibbon

Award-winner illustrator/photographer and author, Terry lives on a bush-clad farm on the beautiful northern coastline of New Zealand.Terry is passionate about nature and has always strived to ensure Aotearoa's extraordinary native wildlife and habitats survive in today's challenging world. Terry has illustrated more than 20 books - both his own and for other authors - using both traditional and digital mediums, and has exhibited his paintings and photographs in Auckland, Whangarei and New Plymouth.

Annemarie Florian

A longtime independent bookseller and former librarian, Annemarie is a writer for younger readers. Kiwi: The real story, another of her books with New Holland was the children's choice non-fiction winner in the 2013 NZ Post Children's Book Awards.