Thursday, 8 December 2016

Sequel to Joy Cowley's Snake and Lizard

A great treat is coming for you! Joy Cowley and Gavin Bishop have collaborated once more and the result is a new title in the Snake and Lizard series. I never think it is fair to publishers to give details and early reviews of books - in fact I have been flicked over the wrist for doing just that in the past.  So the details of HELPER AND HELPER will not be posted here until a few days before its publication date in  early February 2017. I of course have read it (it was only sent yesterday) and I love it as much as I know the children (and the reader aloud) will.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Palm Oil, Factory Farming and Orangutans

NZ Writer   Linda Hansen  Bad Oil and the Animals  Onepoto Press 2016 126pp  ISBN 978 0 4733 7380 1

Themes: Factory farming/ Orangutans/ Palm oil/ Photography/ Teenage protesters

Heidi is sixteen and intent on being a society photographer but life doesn’t always turn out the way we expect. Instead Heidi becomes deeply involved with a group of teenage protestors who are trying to save orangutans in the wild. Add factory farming, the use of palm oil extract as stock feed and a whole world of subterfuge. A book with a message this certainly is but it is such an important message and the pages are studded with a cast of such lively and spirited young people that it all makes for an unputdownable read.

Sorry I cannot find a price for the book. 

Please visit  to contact Linda Hansen

Year 7 up/ Age 11 up


Please continue to visit Pippa’s Antarctic Blog for a fascinating day by day account of her adventures and research down on the Ice Shelf. I can’t wait to bring it up on screen each morning to see what she has been involved in the day before!

Friday, 2 December 2016

Slight delays

Apologies for the delays in my postings over the past week. I have been having some ‘treatment’ and have not really felt l would be doing justice to any Blogging of the great books that have been accumulating. Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to make another start. And also give you news of Philippa Werry, writer and historian now On The Ice in the Antarctic and geared (clothing wise and in words) to send back some fascinating material. Google Philippa Werry Antarctic Blog for starters. This is aimed especially at children and their teachers. 

Pippa and Bob Kerr at the Children's Bookshop, Kilbirnie

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

A new title from the Author and Illustrator of ‘A is for Auckland’

Available from December 1st 2016

NZ Writer and Illustrator
Diane Newcombe & Melissa Anderson Scott
A is for Aotearoa
Picture Puffin NZ 2016  $25.00pb 48pp
ISBN 978 0 1435 0730 7
Themes: Lift-the-flap books/ NZ history and geography/Paper treasure hunts
You may remember Girl and Bird from the earlier title by this creative illustrator/ writer ‘team’ - A is for Auckland published in 2013. This time the addition of ‘flaps’ give real meaning to the treasure hunt aspect of the book as we dart from Auckland (of course!) down and around the country trying to guess where we are. The answers are at the back of the book but half the fun is trying to work it out from the many clues. Of course this is only beginning and mainly for slightly older children but even the youngest will appreciate the detailed and subtly coloured pictures of sometimes very familiar landscapes. Watch the flaps though and although this is not for the purists a small strip of magic mending tape on the hinges might prevent the clues underneath being revealed!
Preschool up/ Age 4 up

Please Google the names of the writer and artist to see their amazing background in working with young children.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Fifteen years in the NZ bush

NZ Writer Brian Falkner Shooting Stars Scholastic NZ 2016  $21.00pb 348pp ISBN 978 1 7753 3360 6 Themes: Codes of conduct/ Coromandal Peninsula/ Domestic violence/ Mothers and Sons/ Street kids

Ethan Tucker and his mother have lived in a hidden valley not too far from the Coromandal Peninsula for fifteen years  - the length of Ethan’s life - and that had meant no contact of any sort with all the things we take for granted – like hot water and the internet. One thing in the primitive ‘house’ in which they live, is evidence of a love of literature and while he is waiting for the world to open up in front of him and if he is not out in the bush catching their dinner, Ethan is immersing himself in some of the books – particularly Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea. This is a complex story with twists and unexpected turns which I read with admiration and, of course, it is full of the ideas and suggestions which the writer encourages from his enormous audience of young readers. This is the fifteenth novel Brian Falkner has had published internationally.

Year 6 up/ Age 10 up