Whiti: Colossal Squid of the Deep

Book Author & Illustrator Victoria Cleal & Isobel Joy Te Aho-White
Rights Available World excl. NZ

The colossal squid has been the most popular exhibit at Te Papa since it arrived there in 2007. Now this appealing book for young readers tells the fascinating story of these creatures from the deep, through sparkling and informative text and amazing illustrations. A must-have natural history book for young readers and their whānau and teachers.

Winner of the Best Children’s Book category at the 2021 Whitley Awards for zoological literature

About the Author
Victoria Cleal
has been a writer and editor at Te Papa for nearly five years, most recently working on the Nature | Te Taiao exhibition and several stories for the children’s TV series He Paki Taonga and its associated book.

Isobel Joy Te Aho-White (Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa, Rongomaiwahine, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Irakehu) is a graphic artist with a diploma in Visual Arts (UCOL) and a Bachelor of Design (Hons) majoring in illustration from Massey University She illustrated several of the stories for the children’s TV series He Paki Taonga and its associated book.


Te Papa Press


230 x 220 mm



Non Fiction

Publication Date
October 2020

Rights Available:
World excl. NZ

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Whiti: Colossal Squid of the Deep is a fantastic exploration of this incredible creature that has fascinated so many people. The format of the book, with small chunks of information, a conversational text and stunning illustrations make this a nonfiction book for readers of all ages... a must-have for all school libraries and would make a wonderful gift for any children who are fascinated with wildlife. It is one of the best New Zealand nonfiction books for children this year.

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What a magnificent resource this book is.'- NZ Poetry Box; With its entertaining yet informative text, clean design and skilful, mesmerising illustrations (complete with fold-outs of underwater scenes) Whiti is an excellent addition to the cluster - in fact, it's a masterclass in how to do it right. 'The prose is engaging right from the outset, speaking directly to the reader, putting them in the driving seat by pretending they've travelled down to chilly Antarctica to specifically to spot a colossal squid.

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