Three of the best from Gecko Press

Gecko Press have been keeping up their tradition of producing English language versions of curiously good books from around the world.  Here are three of the best recent releases.

The Noisy Book by Soledad Bravi is a board book filled with bright, bold illustrations and lots and lots of noises (over 100 pages).  There are noises you would expect to find, like ‘The cat goes meow,’ ‘The horse goes neigh,’ and ‘The rooster goes cockadoodle doo.’ But what I like most are the noises you don’t expect, like ‘The cold goes aachoo,’ ‘Mummy goes kiss kiss,’ and ‘The power socket goes NO!’ This is the perfect book to share with babies and toddlers because everyone can enjoy making the noises.

Cover of The fierce little woman and the wicked pirateThe Fierce Little Woman and the Wicked Pirate is a newly illustrated edition of one of Joy Cowley’s most loved picture books.  I loved this book as soon as I set my eyes on it!  Sarah Davis‘ illustrations are absolutely stunning and she has captured Joy Cowley’s characters perfectly.  Thank you Gecko Press for giving this wonderful story new life.

H.O.U.S.E (or Habitable, Objects, Unique, Spatial, Extraordinary) by Aleksandra Machowiak and Daniel Mizielinski is a fascinating book about contemporary architecture for kids.  It’s a book for all those children (and adults) who are fascinated with buildings of all shapes and sizes.  Inside, you’ll find spiky houses, inflatable houses, houses in trees and houses underground, from all over the world.  The authors explain the inspiration behind the design of each house, as well as the materials used to build it, and where in the world it can be found.

These are just three of the latest and greatest books from Gecko Press.  I’m sure we can look forward to more curiously good books from Gecko Press next year.

Come along to the Storylines Free Family Day

Storylines logoOn Sunday 15 August from 10am-3pm some of New Zealand’s best children’s authors and illustrators will be heading to the Christchurch Town Hall for the Storylines Free Family Day.  The whole day is FREE and it’s a chance for you to come and meet some of your favourite authors and illustrators, including Margaret Mahy, Joy Cowley, Gavin Bishop, and the creators of the Wonky Donkey book, Craig Smith and Katz Cowley

As well as meeting all these cool people and maybe even getting your books signed, there are heaps of fun things for you to do, including face painting, creating your own bookmark or mask, and learning about the world around you in the Factopia zone.  Come dressed as your favourite book character and you might even score a spot prize.

To find out more about what’s happening on the day you can grab a programme from your local library or visit the Storylines website.

And the nominees are …

Two New Zealand authors have been nominated for the 2008 Astrid Lindgren Memorial AwardMargaret Mahy and Joy Cowley. Last year’s winner was Australian author Sonya Hartnett.

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is worth 5,000,000 Swedish kronor (which isn’t far off $1,000,000 NZD) and is the world’s largest prize for children’s and young person’s literature. The winners will be announced in March 2009.

It got me thinking about what my favourite Margaret Mahy title is … and it’s a hard one to pick, but I think today’s answer would be The riddle of the frozen phantom. Tomorrow’s answer might indeed be A lion in the meadow. With so many titles to choose from, what’s your favourite?