In the Garden introduces young children to common creatures they can find in a New Zealand garden. It is the only guide available for young children and families that shows creatures in their natural habitats. The book describes their relationship with other living things, and includes many interesting and intriguing facts. In the Garden is produced in the same format as Gillian Candler and Ned Barraud's best-selling book At the Beach, which is a finalist in the non-fiction section of the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards. This book encourages children aged 4-8 to explore their gardens and discover the plants and animals that live there, with sections on bees, wasps and flies; butterflies and moths; snails and spiders; lizards, mammals and birds. Aimed at children from pre-schoolers and up, the book will also appeal to anyone who is curious about the wild side of New Zealand gardens.
Gillian Candler is the author of At the Beach: Explore and discover the New Zealand seashore, and was the convenor of judges for the 2012 New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards. She was a teacher for many years, before moving into educational publishing with Learning Media, and currently works from home in Pukerua Bay as a writer and consultant. Gillian enjoys seeing the creatures that live in and visit her wild garden. Ned Barraud is a talented illustrator with a passion for little creatures. His work has been published frequently in the School Journal, and he illustrated At the Beach and The Earthquake and the Butterfly. He works at Weta Digital as a texture artist and lives in Wellington, spending lots of time in the garden with his three young children.