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Wendy Hodder

Born and raised in the North Island, Wendy Hodder’s childhood interest in drawing horses developed later into a career as a freelance illustrator. She has illustrated for advertising, magazines and books. She now lives at Te Horo Beach. Much of her work can be found in the School Journal and Learning Media school resources.

Selected bibliography:
  • Grandpa’s Slippers text by Joy Watson (Ashton Scholastic 1989).
  • Grandpa’s Cardigan text by Joy Watson (Ashton Scholastic 1993).
  • The Tar Dragon text by Joanna Orwin (Scholastic 1997).
  • Grandpa’s Shorts text by Joy Watson (Scholastic 2001).
  • Grandpa’s Shed text by Joy Watson (Scholastic 2003).
  • Grandpa’s Cat by Joy Watson (Scholastic 2006).
  • Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award 2000 for Grandpa’s Slippers.
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2002 Picture Book Shortlist for Grandpa’s Shorts.
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2002 Children’s Choice Winner for Grandpa’s Shorts.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2004 Picture Books List for Grandpa’s Shed.


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