Erin Devlin supplies puppets and children’s books to early childhood institutions and schools around New Zealand through the company she founded, The Kiwi Puppet Company. She began creating puppets many years ago when her children were preschoolers and now specialises in the creation of New Zealand wildlife puppets, among them baby Kuku and her kereru family. These puppets can be found in most educational toyshops and other stores around New Zealand.
When Erin was asked if she was interested in writing As Kuku Slept
, her brief was to heighten awareness of the plight of the kereru and to ‘pull some heartstrings’ in the process. She found that the possum was the obvious choice for the villain of the peace – there are about 70 million of them out there in the bush.
Though Erin now lives in Central Auckland, as a youngster she spent many hours playing with her siblings in native bush on her family's Waikato farm. When she gets out into the bush these days, Erin is reminded of just how little birdsong there is compared to when she was a child.
- As Kuku Slept illustrated by Annie Jeannes (Reed 2006).
- Good Morning, Good Night illustrated by Annie Jeannes (Reed 2007).
- Oh No Mister Possum illustrated by Greg O’Donnell (Puffin 2008).
- Polly's Party illustrated by Vivien Masters (Little Kiwi Press 2012).