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Have You Seen Elephant?

Have You Seen Elephant? By David Barrow Gecko Press Paperback $19.99 Hardback $29.99 A boy and Elephant decide to play hide-and-seek, which Elephant warns he is very good at. And so it would seem…he’s the “elephant in the room” in every situation, apparently unseen by the picture book characters, while the viewer can clearly see […]

How to be Famous

How to be Famous By Michal Shalev Gecko Press, $20 Pb/$30 Hb There is a laugh on every page as a self-centred pigeon teaches us how to be famous. The illustrations are marvellously loose, with scribbles of crayon and pencil over washes of colour, conveying the impulsive enthusiasm of our pigeon and the speed of […]

Big Book of Love

Big Book of Love By Catherine & Laurence Anholt Orchard Books $20 paperback/$30 hardback The brightly-coloured pages are full of the many diversions of a young child’s life: the beach, a tree-house, a train ride, the dog and other animals, friends, the busy city, bright colours and more. A glorious romp through the familiar features […]

The Story of the Real Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Finding Winnie: The Story of the Real Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh By Lindsay Mattick Illustrations Sophie Blackall Orchard Books, $30 This book is based on the author’s great-grandfather, Harry Colebourne, who signed up as a vet in the Canadian army in 1917. He buys a bear cub he names Winnie, which becomes his regiment’s mascot. […]

Counting Lions: Portraits from the Wild

Words by Katie Cotton Illustrated by Stephen Walton Introduction by Virginia McKenna (Born Free) Frances Lincoln Hardback $30 Counting Lions: Portraits from the Wild: In this magnificent large format book, counting is perhaps the least important aspect, filled as it is with meticulously executed charcoal portraits of endangered creatures including lions, elephants, gorillas, wolves and […]

Changing Times: The Story of a New Zealand Town and its Newspaper

By Bob Kerr Potton & Burton Hardback $29.99 Paperback $19.99 Changing Times: The Story of a New Zealand Town and its Newspaper: In comic-style picture-book format, 11-year-old Matt tells the story of New Zealand through a town newspaper. From its beginnings in 1840 when Mary and James McPherson bring their printing press from Scotland to […]

Finding Monkey Moon

Finding Monkey Moon By Elizabeth Pulford Illustrated by Kate Wilkinson Walker Books Hardback $24.95 Monkey Moon is missing and Michael’s not going to sleep without it. They search the house but no luck, so Michael and his dad set off for the park. Michael doesn’t seem upset or scared at all, but boldly sets off, […]


Home By Carson Ellis Walker Books Hardback $28 There are all kinds of homes and those depicted here are many and varied, some real and others imagined; from a simple house in the country to an ornate palace for a Norse god. It ends with the author’s home and a question – “Where is your […]