new zealand

Every New Zealander should already know the myth of Māui and how he tamed the sun with the help of his brothers. This modern bilingual retelling of the story will bring the story to life for younger readers. Award-winning author and illustrator team Tim Tipene and Zak Waipara set the modern Māui as a schoolboy… Read More

Discover our beautiful country with this fun lift-the-flap treasure hunt, celebrating Aotearoa. Girl and Bird head off on an adventure around New Zealand and need help to follow the clues to find out where they will be heading next. From city to shore, north to south and east to west, there'll be some familiar places… Read More

A cookbook that was made for New Zealanders.  Perfect.  I have to admit the reason it took me a while to get around to reviewing this cookbook because I was so busy trying out all the recipes. This particular cookbook also doubles as a health guide tracing its way from spice-based smoothies such as the… Read More

Clean Bakery is French-born Claudepierre’s first cookbook, born out of her popular blog, http://sweetashoney.co.nz. When she developed pre-diabetes when pregnant with her daughter, she had to find a new way of creating her favourite baking creations. Clean Bakery features 80 recipes 79 are dairy-free, 66 gluten-free, 49 paleo friendly, 50 vegan, 23 raw and 34… Read More

12 beautiful huia birds play and sing in the forest. But is that a canoe arriving? A rat sniffling? A ship on the horizon? One by one, the huia start to disappear – what will remain? 12 Huia Birds is the beautiful but haunting story of one of our country's most beloved native birds. The book… Read More

I asked to review this book because the storyline caught my attention at once. The events of December 1642 when the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman came to New Zealand and encountered Maori for the first time. The images of this sketchy moment in our history, preserved only in a few small drawings and the logs… Read More

Back in 2014, well-known author Kate de Goldi approached Gecko Press publisher Julia Marshall with an idea aimed to revitalize the reading experience for upper primary school children and create lifetime readers. Those children, and their families, are lucky Marshall jumped at the opportunity and took a punt on Annual.  "We wanted Annual to be a game… Read More

It's the alphabet as you've never seen it before. The Great Kiwi ABC Book features Donovan Bixley's most popular characters from his uniquely Kiwi, award winning Wheels on the Bus and Old MacDonald's Farm.  Both books are huge hits in our house, and the newest Bixley creation has been a welcome addition to the nightly rotation. We had great fun spotting… Read More

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