Moki the Gecko takes a fantastic journey into space to rescue his parents, who have been kidnapped by the Moon. Drawing on his own resources and the help of a friendly asteroid, he fulfills the Moon's demands to win his parents' freedom and a boon for all geckos.
About the Author
Bruce Hale is a writer, illustrator, storyteller and Fulbright Fellow. He has written or illustrated nearly twenty books for children. His ongoing Chet Gecko Mysteries series has also appeared in audiobook format and is under option to make an animated film.
Raised by wolves just outside Los Angeles, Bruce began his career as a writer while living in Tokyo, and continued it when he moved to Hawaii in 1983. He worked as a magazine editor, gardener, deejay, and corporate lackey before plunging into the world of children's books in 1989.
Besides his writing and illustrating, Bruce has performed extensively on stage and television. He has appeared in numerous plays and musicals, TV commercials, and in an independent film called "The Ride," where he plays a surfer's agent.
Bruce is a popular speaker and storyteller, both with adults and children. In 1998, he won a Fulbright Grant to teach storytelling and study folklore in Thailand. He has also been a featured storyteller at Honolulu's annual "Talk Story" festival and the L.A. Times Festival of Books.
As a presenter, Bruce has spoken at national and regional conferences of booksellers, educators, and writers including the International Reading Association, the Society for Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, the Southeast Booksellers Association, and others. He has visited schools from Hawaii, to Idaho, to Pennsylvania,and has taught writing workshops at colleges.
In his spare time, Bruce enjoys playing and performing jazz music, as well as bicycling, hiking, and body boarding.
About the Author
Bruce Hale has written and illustrated more than twenty-five books for kids, including the award-winning Chet Gecko Mystery series and Snoring Beauty, on Oprah's Kids' Reading List. He lives in Santa Barbara, California, with his wife, dog, and many hats.
Guy Francis spends most of his time drawing, painting, and drawing some more. He has done a variety of illustration work, including chapter books and picture books. He freelances from his home in Provo, Utah, where his wife and four children are his own personal art critics and bring a healthy bit of chaos to the studio.