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John Tarlton

John has written and/or illustrated more than 35 children's picture books. He currently lives in Foxton Beach, a small coastal community north of Wellington. In addition to illustrating and writing children's picture books, John is also a practicing and exhibiting fine artist.

Author and illustrator John Tarlton holds a PhD in Education and a Master of Arts Degree in Fine Art. He has taught from high school to university levels in studio art and art education in the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
Selected Bibliography
  • Danny’s Dilemma (Scholastic 1986).
  • Have You Ever Seen? (Scholastic 1986).
  • Going to Grandma’s (Scholastic 1987).
  • Joey’s Umbrella (Scholastic 1987).
  • The King’s Cat (Scholastic 1987).
  • The Noise Festival, text by Fleur Adcock (Sunshine Books 1988).
  • No Dinner for Sally, text by Margaret Mahy (Shortland Publications 1988).
  • Jerome the Juggler, text by Pauline Cartwright (Murdock Books1990).
  • The Two Foolish Cats, text by Leanna Traill (Shortland Publications 1990).
  • The Lion and the Mouse. text by Avelyn Davidson (Shortland Publications 1990).
  • The Boy Who Liked Shopping, text by Carol Kreuger (Murdock Books 1990).
  • Going for Fish (Scholastic 1991).
  • Clyde’s Ride (Scholastic 1993).
  • Robert’s Robot, text by Gaelyn Gordon (Harper Collins 1994).
  • The Technological Trolley, text by Cynthia Todd-Maguire (Scholastic 1994)
  • Woody and Her Friend, text by John Parker ( Harper Collins 1994)
  • The Secret of Boomer Lake, text by Ken Catran (Harper Collins 1994)
  • The Mysteries of Blimp, text by John Parker (Harper Collins 1995)
  • I’m Not A Compost Heap, text by Janice Marriott (Harper Collins 1995)
  • Fortunate Flats, text by Gaelyn Gordon (Reed 1995).
  • Peggy’s Pig (Harper Collins 1995)
  • Snap Happy text by Margaret Beames and John Tarlton (Harper Collins 1995)
  • Cowboy Kid (Scholastic 1996)
  • The Day Pearl Ran Through Town, illustrations by Brent Putze (Scholastic 1998)
  • The Life Sized Inflatable Whale, text by Gaelyn Gordon (Scholastic 1998).
  • Finalist and Winner of Children’s Choice Award, New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 1999 for The Life Sized Inflatable Whale 
Other resources:
  • Website:https://www.bluemuumuu.com


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