IkaBod is an unusual orphan. He is half boy/half fish and lives in Kowhai Bay. He fills his days swimming and surfing with his friends.
Two groms (young surfers) are competing in a local surf competition but it almost ends in disaster. Will IkaBod be able to rescue them from the depths of the ocean and a giant purple squid?
The author, and local Otarawairere Bay resident, Nick Zaman moved to New Zealand 15 years ago after falling in love with the beach and bush. He has two young children and has been passing on his love of the outdoors though original ‘bed-time’ stories. IkaBod is his first creation and has since been joined by stories about Boris and Barcelona (a pair of adventurous seals).
This contemporary story of good versus bad is written with a distinct kiwi flavor and is brought to life by illustrations reflecting New Zealand’s beautiful coastal environment. It has an appealing rhythmic style, which is great for reading out loud, and strong imagery.
IkaBod is written for kids aged between four to seven. It is targeted at kids who love surfing, the beach and who have a curiosity about the sea and its wondrous creatures. It will also appeal to kids who love hearing or reading about other kiwi kids having adventures, particularly for boys and girls with a spirit of adventure.