Echidnas Can’t Cuddle

Erik the echidna is feeling sad. His quills make it hard to cuddle his family and friends — nobody likes a spiky hug! But when a few things go astray, Erik finds that his prickly exterior can come in very handy …

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Author: Nieta Manser has been teaching primary children for the last ten years. As a teacher and mother of four, she passionately believes that children learn best through literature. Nieta uses her teaching experience, as well as her journalism degree, as the springboard for creating her children’s books. She is very excited to debut her published work with Echidnas Can’t Cuddle.

Illustrator: Lauren Merrick has always had a love of illustration and picture books. Growing up, most of her time was spent drawing and painting. This has continued into her adult life and she now works full-time as an illustrator. Lauren has completed a Design Certificate IV and an Advanced Diploma of Design and Illustration at Enmore Design Centre. She has developed her own whimsical illustration style, developing her skills with watercolour and paper cut.


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