Wildboy: The Boy Who Walked Around New Zealand

Author(s): Brando Yelavich

NZ Picture Books

I had a really BIG dream. I wanted to go on a MASSIVE adventure!

This is the true story of Brando Yelavich, also known as Wildboy, who slept in a tent, hunted and fished for his food and came up close to seals and sharks on his 8000 km journey around the coast of New Zealand. His epic story will capture the imagination of any kid who, like Brando, longs for adventure in the great outdoors.

Throughout the book readers will fall in love with the amazing scenery and enjoy spotting the New Zealand wildlife. And they'll have loads of fun finding the compass hidden on every page!

At age 19, Brando wanted to travel around NZ. So he did - literally. He walked 8,000 kilometres around the coast of both islands, taking more than 2 years to complete his journey as chronicled in the books Wildboy: An Epic Trek Around the Coast of New Zealand and Wildboy: To the Edge and Back.

Now he is inspiring young New Zealanders with a picture book of his adventures. From tangling with an angry bull to encountering a shark, Brando's journey was anything but dull. This book is also a true family project with illustrations provided by Donella Yelavich, Brando's Mum. Kids are encouraged to keep a lookout for a compass in every illustration as Brando recounts his travels all over NZ.

- Sasha


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Brando Yelavich was born in Auckland where he spent most of his school years, slowly falling off the rails. A life-changing journey taught him much about life and gave him the foundations to grow into a successful explorer and motivational speaker. In 2015 he published a bestselling memoir, Wildboy: An Epic Trek around the Coast of New Zealand and his follow up, To the Edge and Back was published in 2017. You can follow Brando at Wildboyadventures.com

Donella Yelavich is an artist and event stylist based in Waimauku, Auckland. She was very excited to be able to illustrate her first children's book relaying the story of her son's great adventure into the wild.

General Fields

  • : 9780143772453
  • : Penguin Group New Zealand, Limited
  • : Puffin
  • : 0.205
  • : April 2018
  • : 260mm X 242mm X 3mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Brando Yelavich
  • : Paperback
  • : Donella Yelavich
  • : 32