Thea and the Dizzy Waggle
Purple Dizzy Waggle Brite makes friends with a tūī bird named Thea, who can often be heard singing from the blossoming pohutukawa tree. One day, Brite notices Thea isn't singing and learns the tūī is sick. When Thea tells Brite her body won't always be here, the Dizzy Waggle has important questions about death.
What did the tūī mean
about going away?
Aren’t those we love
always meant to stay?
“But I’ll be sad if you leave me,”
Brite said to the bird.
“I don’t want a world
where your song isn’t heard.”
Thea and the Dizzy Waggle is a heartwarming and insightful tale about love, loss, and the magic of nature for anyone navigating grief.
The Dizzy Waggle Who Lit the Dark
A 'feel-good' children's book about emotions and mental wellness. The Dizzy Waggle Who Lit the Dark teaches kids practical tools for resilience and emotional regulation.
Meet Zozo, the adorable Dizzy Waggle changing the way the world understands deep feeling kids!
Zozo is a Dizzy Waggle with a heart so big it can light the sky. When Zozo is happy, it glows bright like stardust. But when the fuzzy creature gets overwhelmed by big emotions like worry, anger, fear and sadness, life doesn't feel so easy.
When Zozo decides to hide away, it takes a dark storm to remind the glowing-hearted Dizzy Waggle that authenticity and empathy are powerful enough to change the world.
Join Zozo and the other Dizzy Waggles on a warm and uplifting journey that is bound to inspire.
The Author - Cloe Willetts
Cloe Willetts is an award-winning New Zealand journalist with a passion for human interest, creative writing, and the mental wellness of our kids.
Once a deep feeling child herself, Cloe often poured her heart into writing poetry and short stories, choosing rhyme and imagination as a way of finding her feet in the world.
After working in newspapers, Cloe turned to magazine journalism, but children’s writing is what the mother of one loves most.
Before writing Thea and the Dizzy Waggle, Cloe wrote The Dizzy Waggle Who Lit the Dark - a story she wanted to tell for half her lifetime.
The Illustrator - Fabienne Joni Sopacua
Fabienne Joni Sopacua is a detail-obsessed, self-taught artist originally from the Netherlands.
As founder of FJS-Art, Fabienne has built a loyal following and exhibited at New Zealand Art Trails and the New Zealand Art Show for six consecutive years, where she was named a finalist for the People's Choice award 2021.
Much of Fabienne's work is inspired by her deep love for animals and different cultures around the world. She especially pays close attention to the eyes of her characters, trying to capture the soul of every human and creature she draws or paints.
Thea and the Dizzy Waggle is Fabienne’s second book, after she illustrated The Dizzy Waggle Who Lit the Dark in 2021.
What professionals say
Martin Sloman, Counsellor. Queens Service Medal recipient for services to mental health
I love the fact you’ve created something that focuses on mental health and acknowledging emotions. We need to teach our children resilience at the earliest possible age, and this covers it beautifully. The illustrations and rhyming style gives it a nice warm flow and I liked the bit at the end, which encourages feedback and coaches some good strategies.
Leonie Murch, Birthright New Zealand, regional leader
"Love Thea and the Dizzy Waggle. I've worked for over 20 years with children suffering from grief and loss and this is the best book I've come across as a resource in my work. Looking forward to what you write next."
Tash Love, Therapeutic Community Social Worker
This book is so beautiful. Today I read it with two different aged children with completely different life journeys. They had different ideas about Zozo, but all positive.
They watched intensely for Zozo's sparkles and voiced their wonderings about the feelings that caused the sparkles to be dampened or in one picture, disappear.
Then, together we used Zozo's examples to explore their own emotions in more depth. E.g. if there was a snake or lava taking over their bodies in the moments they talked of, like in the book.
Thank you for being my favourite new tool to explore feelings with the children I work with.