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This Land: The Search for Maui Bk 1 by Mark Abnett, art work by P.R. Dedlis. Pub Scholastic 2022.

October 20, 2022 Comments off

This first book of a three part series is a compilation of three comics. The old World has been destroyed and replaced by new lands with new people all with different characteristics from the old but influenced by the same old Gods.

The plot is set in the new land dominated by the city of Axeland whose people have withstood a fever and evolved to new lifestyles and tribes. Tane returns to the new Aotearoa and is arrested. Hell’na a beautiful goddess like creature rescues Tane then forms a band of mercenaries to search for Maui who seems to hold the key to everything.

The group travels through the new land which still has some landmarks of the old world like Waitomo Caves. But this group are followed by another band trying to find Tane. Very confusing I know.

Graphic novels are an ideal way to show Maori gods and legends but somehow this novel seems to complicate matters that baffle even an experienced reader like myself. This series seems to be directed at intermediate and junior secondary readers and I wish them well at figuring this lot out.

The illustrations are of course outstanding and the banter between the various warriors is entertaining. The dialogue and text is sprinkled with Maori words and all translated but if I am confused heaven knows how the kids will get on.

Ihaka and the Unexpected Visitor by Kirsty Wadsworth, Illus. Zak Waipara. Pub. Scholastic, 2022

August 24, 2022 Comments off

This picture book is really a vehicle to introduce young readers to some Maori gods particularly Tawhirimatea, the god of wind and storms, although Tane, Tangaroa and Ruaumpoko also feature.

Ihaka is a modern kid with a scooter , sharp clothes and a pendant around his neck. He lives with a fit looking mum with a pony tail, green gardening gloves and greenstone tiki around her neck.

Tawhirimatea comes calling looking for a lost cloud that is needed in a storm. Where is it. Tane Ruaumoko and Tangaroa are consulted before mum wises up to where the cloud is hiding.

Winner of the 2021 Joy Cowley award the illustrations by Zak Waipara give an edgy tone to the text which introduces many Maori phrases and helps children with learning Maori language.

A classy package for primary aged children

Whakarongo ki o Tupuna. Listen to your Ancestors by Darryn Joseph, illus. Munro Te Whata.

September 9, 2019 Comments off

WhakarongoWhakarongo ki o Tupuna. Listen to your Ancestors by Darryn Joseph, illus. Munro Te Whata. Pub. Oratia, 2019.

a heart felt picture book that follows the life of a teacher as she tells her students to basically be cool. Respect your ancestors and your environment and follow their examples.

There are various settings of each adventure from the classroom to the beach to the rest home to the funeral and back to one of the new generation.

Each setting is beautifully illustrated in rich colours with text being in both Maori and English. An excellent tool for teaching and reading in te Reo.

A uniquely New Zealand picture book for everybody.