Mighty Moves: Heavy haulage and house moving in New Zealand by Bee Dawson, ISBN 9781927158050, RRP$29.99, Available now exclusive to Whitcoulls.
I know what you’re thinking (sorry for alluding to those awful ANZ ads): Heavy haulage? BookieMonster that’s RIGHT up your alley!
Yeah, not so much. But I was asked to look over this and look over it I did… I don’t like to turn down polite requests from nice people about well-made books written by lovely authors. That’s my motto.
Mighty Moves is a great-looking hardback about a slightly niche subject, but it will also appeal to fans of New Zealand social history, fans of big trucks and fans of photographic history. It’s got a wealth of illustrations, and a comprehensive but never tedious history of hauling rrse. Well, houses. And boats, buildings, swimming pools, boilers, parts of electricity generation equipment, elephants… basically anything big.
A coffee table book for the trucker in all of us.
Mangu & Ma: A real-life first-focus book for little Kiwis by Megan Bowers-Vette, HarperCollins, ISBN9781869509958, RRP$14.99, Available now.
You know that cute unfocused look that babies have? Yeah, so turns out that babies take the world very literally… i.e. the look is unfocused because they can’t focus. Improve your metaphorical understanding, babies! But while you’re doing that take a look atMangu & Ma . It’s a cute little book just for babies, with clear black and white photographs of interesting Kiwi-flavoured objects, as well as thick cardboard pages for chewiness and that extra piquancy.
There’s gumboats, buttons, sheep, a tiki… and even other babies, all shot in black and white that helps babies focus and improve their concentration (apparently).
Mangu & Ma is a lovely object, that will look just as good sitting immaculately on display as it will after being well-loved by baby. Well, maybe not. But it will also make a great gift!