Dusty the Digger: Nee Naw and Friends

Book Author & Illustrator Deano Yipadee & Bruce Potter
Rights Available World excl. Australia and NZ 

Singer-songwriter Dean O’Brien has produced yet another toe-tapping, sing-along song, this time about Nee Naw’s friend, Dusty the Digger.

When goats Plinky and Plonky snatch buckets of jelly powder and fall into a swimming pool, they soon become stuck in jiggly, wobbly jelly. When Nee Naw’s ladder can’t reach them and Grandma’s spoon can’t scoop jelly out of the pool fast enough, Dusty the Digger takes action and saves the day.

• With an easy-to-sing melody and a catchy refrain available to stream or download from all good digital music sites.

• Cleverly illustrated by talented artist Bruce Potter, based on the characters by Paul Beavis.

• There are now six titles in the popular Nee Naw series including character spin-offs: Dusty the Digger, Ellie Copter and Moto Mike the Motorbike.

About the Author
Best-selling children’s musician, author and producer, Dean O’Brien, aka Deano Yipadee, was born and raised in Mosgiel, Otago, NZ. He now lives in Queensland, Australia with his American wife and two British children. The family dilemma is always which line to pick at airport passport control. Deano has topped the UK Children’s Music Bestsellers Charts on numerous occasions and has been a headline act in the Kidz Field at the Glastonbury Music Festival. He enjoys touring and performing to kids throughout Australia and New Zealand.

About the Illustrator
Bruce Potter is a multi-international award-winning illustrator of over 130 books as well as being an author and publisher. He has worked with some of New Zealand’s best-known authors such as Margaret Mahy, Joy Cowley, Tessa Duder, Craig Smith and Witi Ihimaera. He has toured across New Zealand performing his illustration and author show over 600 times to over 350 schools. This is Bruce’s first time illustrating the beloved Nee Naw series, with characters established by Paul Beavis.


Scholastic New Zealand Ltd


250 x 240 mm



Picture Book

Age range
3-7 years

Publication Date
April 2023

Rights Available:
World excl. Australia and New Zealand

Rights Agents:


Lynette Evans, Scholastic New Zealand Ltd

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Another in the Nee Naw and Friends picture book series, Dusty the Digger will be gobbled up by Digger Mad youngsters, just as quick as jelly is enjoyed in this funny tale. Bruce Potter’s full colour illustrations portray all the action of this escapade at an annual picnic. Children, jelly, cows and naughty goats make a hilarious combination, whilst sparking imaginations.

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