Read me another one, please!; NZ stories & poems for Children.
If you want to start bedtime reading to your children or you want to bring the best NZ children’s writing to your classroom, then do not go past this new book.
It contains a collection of stories and poems from some of this county’s best known and critically acclaimed writers like Margaret Mahy, Joy Cowley, Dorothy Butler, Tessa Duder and Gavin Bishop, plus some movers and shakers in todays literary world Brian Falkner, Tania Roxborogh, Deborah Burnside and Susan Brocker.
Up and coming writers like Bill Nagelkerke, Glenda Kane and Fifi Colston plus others get in as well plus some old hands Michael King, Roger Hall and John Parker
For me the best poem was John Parker’s Red Diggers Yellow Diggers for it’s high boy appeal and of course four cat poems from Joy Crowley. Gavin Bishop’s Chicken Licken gets an airing but the sky still falls on Chicken Lickens head.
Brian Falkner introduces an excellent story about Robot Boy and a wasp nest and Tania Roxborogh gets you to take your toes out of the water with a story about eels.
To top this book off Michael King writes a moving story about a Tangi and Roger Hall says No Cats for me.
An enjoyable montage of short stories, something for everybody and certainly a good present with the holiday period upon us.