Susan Brocker Books

Picture Books

Bess the Brave War Horse   Friday the Rebel Dog   Mrs Chippy

In 2019, Scholastic NZ published the first picture book in a series Susan is writing on true historical New Zealand animals. The books are for ages five years and up. All the books in the series are illustrated by the talented Raymond McGrath.

Bess the Brave War Horse tells the story of one of only three surviving horses of over 10,000 taken to the battlefields during the First World War to serve with the Mounted Rifles Brigade in the Middle East. Raymond’s illustrations are heart-warming and evocative.

Friday the Rebel Dog tells the story of New Zealand’s most notorious dog, Friday, the loyal companion of infamous sheep stealer, James Mackenzie. Raymond’s colourful illustrations pick up on the quirkiness of the story.

Mrs Chippy the Cat tells the story of a tomcat who was a loyal and loved companion to the crew on Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated 1914 expedition to the Antarctic aboard the Endurance. Raymond’s use of colour emphasises the cold environment as well as the cat’s antics.

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