Bubbles the Zooting, Tooting Manatee

Book Author & Illustrator Minky Stapleton
Rights Available World excl. NZ and Australia

Bubbles is a gassy little manatee who loves swimming fast. The more she eats, the more she toots, and the faster she zoots. Her elegant mother and aunties are horrified, but when trouble comes – in the form of a hungry alligator – will Bubbles save the day?

• Another hilarious picture book from talented author-illustrator Minky Stapleton, which takes ‘the expulsion of gas’ to a whole new level!

• The clever text will appeal to both adults and children as it tells a heart-warming tale about celebrating your difference and finding your own place in the world.

• Includes fun and farty facts about manatees.

• Children will love Bubbles and glory in her exuberance!

About the Author
Minky Stapleton
is a multi-faceted illustrator with a range of styles, all with a heavy dash of dark humour. She spent her formative years as an award-winning Art Director and later Creative Director in Johannesburg, working in some of South Africa’s best advertising agencies. After many years of corporate life, she threw it all in to follow her first love, illustration. She now resides in Auckland, where she balances a number of local and international illustration projects with running classes for kids on how to design scary monsters.

Minky has illustrated a number of books for Scholastic New Zealand including Things in the Sea are Touching Me!; Kia Kaha; Kia Ora, You Can Be a Kiwi Too; My Kiwi Gumboots; There’s a Bear in the Window and the redesign of the My New Zealand Story series covers.

Roo and Vladimir (an unlikely friendship), written and illustrated by Minky, was a finalist in the 2023 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults Best Picture Book category.


Scholastic New Zealand Ltd


250 x 240 mm



Picture Book

Age range
3-7 years

Publication Date
April 2024

Rights Available:
World excl. NZ and Australia

Rights Agents:


Lynette Evans, Scholastic New Zealand Ltd

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