Spotty the Zebra

Book Author and Illustrator Peter Millett and Raymond McGrath
Rights Available World, excl. Australia and New Zealand

“Just look at my patterns,” poor Spotty declared.
“The other young zebras all tease and compare.
I’m tired of being different and not fitting in.
I want to have regular, stripe-patterned skin.”

Spotty the zebra is tired of standing out in a crowd. Sick of being teased, Spotty asks a porcupine to paint her spots into stripes. Finally, she feels the same as everyone else … but finds that conformity doesn’t bring the happiness she seeks. In the desert, she meets a wise golden mole, who tells her, “You’ll only be happy when you accept you.”

• Peter Millett’s Spotty is a lovable character who children will empathise with.

• Brilliantly illustrated with the quirky art of Raymond McGrath.

• A book that celebrates differences, self-acceptance and friendship.

About the Author

Peter Millett is an author living on Auckland’s North Shore. “From an early age I enjoyed playing word games with rhymes and jokes. I had my first funny verse published in the national newspaper when I was at primary school, and I’ve been creating comedic rhyming verse ever since.” Peter Millett is author of Children’s Choice Award Winner The ANZAC Puppy and the sing-alongs The Kiwi Go Marching One by One and Five Little Ducks Went Off to School and the #1 bestselling My Old Man, He Played Rugby.

About the Illustrator
Raymond McGrath
is an award-winning animation director, illustrator, designer and writer who has been working in children’s television and advertising for around 20 years. As well as illustrating books for other authors, such as the award-winning The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo! and Susan Brocker’s true-life animal stories, he has written and illustrated several books himself, including That’s What Dragons Do! and the Big Little Blue junior graphic novel series. Raymond lives in rural Auckland with his wife and four children, some cats and a dog.


Scholastic New Zealand Ltd


250 x 240 mm

Paperback and Hardback


Picture Book

Age range
3-7 years

Publication Date
July 2024

Rights Available:
World, excl. Australia and New Zealand

Rights Agents:


Lynette Evans, Scholastic New Zealand Ltd

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