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.