Good reads about science, butterflies and Kakapo
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE SECRET WORLD OF BUTTERFLIES?
Courtney: Secret World of Butterf lies is the brainchild of Auckland Museum. They got in contact with me and the rest happened organically. I have always loved nature, so it felt great to be involved in this project. Giselle: Auckland Museum described the premise of the book. They spoke about butterflies in great detail, discussing facts that I wasn’t even aware of. I was so excited to get started.
COURTNEY, YOU’RE A FICTION WRITER. HOW WAS WRITING A KIDS BOOK DIFFERENT?
Courtney: I write poetry, so I wanted to write a book that was rhythmic and fun but also educational. It’s such a different process to write for kids. There’s less space, fewer words and you’re working with an illustrator.
GISELLE, DID IT TAKE A LOT OF RESEARCH ON YOUR PART?
Giselle: It was 50/50. Auckland Museum were great if I needed specific information, like what a butterfly face looked like, or the species. Sometimes the difference is small, having them there to fact check was helpful.
READING AS AN ADULT, I FOUND IT EDUCATIONAL
Courtney: It was eye opening – you think butterflies are serene and pretty two-dimensional creatures when in fact they’re adventurous and a little naughty. It’s nice to give them some depth. Giselle: I do a lot of work for environmental and conservation projects, so it was important to me to put emphasis upon the beauty of the unknown. This project showed how interesting butterflies are. Visit the Secret World of Butterflies exhibition at Auckland Museum (9 June 2018 - 26 May 2019)