2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards

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I am so happy to be part of the blogging team promoting the New Zealand Post Book Awards again this year.  Ethan and I had a blast reviewing some of the Junior Fiction finalists last year and with baby Nixon on board this year we are all set to discover some of New Zealand’s awesome picture book authors and illustrators as well!

The finalists have been announced here, this is seriously an amazing collection of books!

My early picks for my boys would have to be;

Hunting Guide_9781775535126_cover

The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing
Paul Adamson
Random House New Zealand
ISBN 9781775535126 pb
RRP $34.99
Target age 8+

How do you stalk a trout? How do you skin a rabbit? How does a bullet work? This is a beginner’s book of hunting and fishing for all ages, featuring the where, when, what and how of our most popular hunting and fishing pursuits. From rabbiting to duck-shooting, possuming to large game, eeling to whitebaiting, The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing in New Zealand will give any budding hunter the basic skills and knowledge for a lifetime of adventure.


Felix and the Red Rats
James Norcliffe
Random House New Zealand, Longacre
ISBN 9781775533245 pb,
9781775533252 eb
RRP $19.99 pb & eb
Target age 9+

When David’s uncle comes to visit he sets off a bizarre series of events. Things become complicated when the pet rats turn bright red. David senses that somehow the rats are connected to the story he is reading, and becomes convinced when the colour red becomes contagious. A parallel story sees Felix and his friend Bella shifted into a strange land where they must solve a riddle that puts them into great danger. How will they escape home?

Toucan Can - Front cover

Toucan Can  
Juliette MacIver & Sarah Davis
Gecko Press
ISBN 9781877467530 hb,
9781877467547 pb
RRP $34.99 hb, $19.99 pb
Target age 3 to 6

Toucan can do lots of things!
Toucan dances!
Toucan sings!
Toucan bangs a frying pan!
Can YOU do what Toucan can?

A tongue-twisting, ludicrous rhyme full of escalating hilarity and off-the-wall characters. It will have you tripping and flipping and dancing and singing. If Toucan can, you can!

Machines and Me - Boats cover

Machines and Me: Boats
Catherine Foreman
Scholastic New Zealand
ISBN 9781775431596 pb
RRP $14.00
Target age 0 to 5

Boats with motors,
boats with sails,
boats to go out watching whales.

Children love machines! The Machines and Me series of four simple, well?written stories has a bold, clean illustration style perfect for pre-school children, by the award-winning author/illustrator Catherine Foreman.