Author(s): Justin D'Ath; Heath McKenzie (Illustrator)
PINGWU WAS HUGE AND SCARY.HIS BIG YELLOW TEETH WERE AS THICK AS JORDAN'S FINGERS.When a truck tips over on the way to the zoo, Mission Fox are on the case to track down Pingwu, the missing Giant Panda. But when Myrtle tries to help, their panda chase ends at the bottom of a water-filled quarry!How will they get Pingwu out?IT LOOKS LIKE THEIR SOGGIESTMISSION YET . . .
Born in New Zealand, Justin D'Ath is one of twelve children. He came to Australia in 1971 to study for missionary priesthood. After three years, he left the seminary in the dead of night and spent two years roaming Australia on a motorbike. While doing that he began writing for motorbike magazines. He published his first novel for adults in 1989. This was followed by numerous award-winning short stories, also for adults. Justin has worked in a sugar mill, on a cattle station, in a mine, on an island, in a laboratory, built cars, picked fruit, driven forklifts and taught writing for twelve years. He wrote his first children's book in 1996. To date he has published 31 books. He has two children, two grandchildren, and one dog.
Heath McKenzie is a Melbourne based illustrator/designer who specialises in stylised illustrations. He has illustrated 15 children's books and his illustrations have also appeared in magazines, advertising campaigns.