Three new picture books from Book Island

When it comes to children’s books Book Island is by far the most interesting small press in New Zealand. The books are original and always beautifully produced, and I really like the idea that they are all European books being published into English. Here’s three new titles from them – all perfect Christmas gift ideas […]

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A round up of picture books

It’s prime Christmas shopping time, people! And for the little kids in your life I recommend picture books. There are some beautiful examples out there, and here’s three recent favourites. Mix It Up! by Hervé Tullet, Allen & Unwin, ISBN 9781760110956 A very cute and lively book for the young ones. Tullet uses colour and energy […]

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Mr Miniscule and the Whale by Julian Tuwim

Mr Miniscule and the Whale cover image

Mr Miniscule and the Whale by Julian Tuwim, illustrated by Bohdan Butenko, Book Island, ISBN 9780987669681, RRP $18 There’s something in stories about teeny tiny things meeting big giant things that always appeals to children and in that vein they will thoroughly enjoy Mr Miniscule and the Whale. Mr Miniscule is a wee little explorer who goes […]

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Book Review: Maia and What Matters by Tine Mortier and Kaatje Vermeire

Maia and What Matters by Tine Mortier & Kaatje Vermeire, Book Island, ISBN9780987669667, RRP $29.99. The most beautiful picture book I’ve seen this year, Maia and What Matters is the latest from Kapiti Coast publisher Book Island – further proving that the best New Zealand publishers are congregating around Wellington. Maia is “an impatient scamp”, […]

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Book Review: Sir Mouse to the Rescue by Dirk Nielandt and Marjolein Pottie

Sir Mouse to the Rescue by Dirk Nielandt and Marjolein Pottie, Book Island, RRP $24.99, ISBN9780987669629, Available now. Another new title from the new New Zealand (new) publisher, Book Island, Sir Mouse to the Rescue is the thoroughly charming tale of Sir Mouse and her best friend Dragon. Suitable for early readers that are almost […]

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Book Review: Sammy and the Skyscraper Sandwich by Lorraine Francis and Pieter Gaudesaboos

Sammy and the Skyscraper Sandwich by Lorraine Francis and Pieter Gaudesaboo, Book Island, RRP $24.99, ISBN9780987669605, Available now. Sammy is very hungry. So hungry, he could eat the biggest sandwich in the world. So he goes to the kitchen and gets to work! Sammy and the Skyscraper Sandwich is one of a trio of gorgeous […]

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