There’s a Moa in the Moonlight

Book Author & Illustrator  Dawn McMillan & Nikki Slade Robinson
Rights Available World excl. NZ

There’s a Moa in the Moonlight.
He’s in our garden plot.
He’s munching all our melons.
He likes the seeds a lot.

Moa and friends are invading the garden — Huia is hanging out in the hibiscus, Wren is darting around and Adzebill is hunting lizards!

What will Mum say when she sees all these animals in her garden?

An effortless combination of rhyming text and funky illustrations extends Dawn McMillan’s nature-story series to bring our extinct animals back to life. Featuring a spread of animal facts at the back.

About the Author
Dawn McMillan is an internationally recognised writer of children’s books who lives north of Thames. Among her many popular works are I Need a New Bum! and There’s a Weta on my Sweater.

Nikki Slade Robinson is an award-winning illustrator who lives in Ōpotiki. Ngaere Roberts is a teacher and translator of te Reo Māori.


Oratia Books


270 x 210 mm, colour



Picture Book

Age range
5-8 years

Publication Date
October 2021

Rights Available:
World excl. NZ

Rights Agents:


Petere Dowling, Oratia Books

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The book is a fun, rhyming read-aloud that teaches without being teachy. There are lots of opportunities for further discussion, study and extension activities for parents, teachers and students in this beautifully produced book.

Heather Haylock, KidsBooksNZ