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Ned Barraud

Ned Barraud-84Ned Barraud is an illustrator with a keen passion for the natural world. For as long as he can remember, Ned has been fascinated by the form and beauty of the insect kingdom, with some of his earliest artwork depicting beetles, shining like jewels.

Ned illustrated all six books in the award-winning ‘explore & discover’ series. He released his first fiction title, Moonman in 2014, and the acclaimed Watch Out for the Weka in 2017.

Ned works at Weta Digital as a texture artist. When he’s at home with his wife, three children and menagerie of pets, Ned enjoys exploring in the garden, discovering new bugs, creating habitats and making wētā hotels.

Selected bibliography: 
  • Animals of Aotearoa written by Gillian Candler  (Potton & Burton 2018)
  • New Zealand's Backyard Beasts  (Potton & Burton 2018)
  • Watch Out for the Weka (Potton & Burton 2017)
  • From Moa to Dinosaurs by Gillian Candler (Potton & Burton 2016)
  • Moonman (2014)
  • Under the Ocean (Potton & Burton 2014)
  • 2019 Finalist Elsie Locke Award Non-Fiction Category – New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults - New Zealand's Backyard Beasts
Other resources:

Ned's website.


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