Friday, 4 November 2016

Two new picture books by New Zealand writers and illustrators

NZ Writer and Illustrator 
Susan Price, illustrated by Judith Trevelyan
The Viaduct Postcard
Millwood Heritage Productions, 2016    $19.99pb 32pp
ISBN 978 0 4733 6922 4
Themes: Cricket teams/ Edwardian Wellington/ Money problems/ Train trips/ Wellington Viaduct  
Jack (a very bossy older brother) and eight-year-old Bessie from Levin go to visit their aunt and uncle in Karori and see the magnificent structure of the Kelburn Viaduct on this way – by tram. The plot revolves around a missing jacket and a lucky postcard that was fortuitously left in its pocket. Judith Trevelyan’s water colour paintings bring to life the ‘trappings’ of the time  - the washbasin with real hot and cold taps/ the flushing lavatory/ the tearooms/ the clothes and of course The Viaduct. A replica of a real postcard of the times is tucked into the back flap of the book which it would seem a shame to use – unless you addressed it to yourself!! Useful as a local history resource with its pages of historical notes. Sadly because of some minor transport problems, I missed the launch of the book last night at Marsden Books in Karori – just around the corner from where the action in the story took place) 
 Year One up/ Age 5 up

Google the writer’s name for much interesting information about this Wellington historian and writer for whom this is her first children’s book- but hopefully not her last!

NZ Writer and Illustrator 
Sacha Cotter illustrated by Josh Morgan
The Marble Maker
Huia Publishers, 2016    $24.99pb 32pp
ISBN 978 1 7755 0224 1
Themes: Creativity/ Marbles

The world is full of the most wonderful marbles -  Cat’s eyes/ Froggies/ Blue Moons/ Specks and Swirls and Turtle Shells but the teller of this story (he could be a boy or she could be a girl) with help of his/her Side-Kick Sheep, Winston, is determined to invent a new marble altogether and have his/her name entered into The Book of Marbles. This is a really inventive story with matching images which would be great to read aloud to a class and it is also available in a Te Reo edition Te kaihanga māpere  ISBN 978 1 7755 0225 8

Year One up/ Age 5 up

Sacha Cotter is a teacher and writer. Her first picture book Keys/Nga Ki was a finalist in the picture book category (Keys) and the Maori Language Award (Nga Ki) of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2015, and Nga Ki won Te Tohu Taurapa Award in the LIANZA Children's Book Awards 2015 and was selected for the IBBY Honour List in 2016.
Source: Children’s Bookshop, Kilbirnie Webpage

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