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The Grizzled Grist Does Not Exist by Juliette MacIver, illus. Sarah Davis. Pub. Gecko Press, 2022.

August 30, 2022 Comments off

RELEASE DATE 1ST OCTOBER 2022

A gem of a picture book from a NZ writer who has won the picture book award before with That’s Not a Hippopotamus, also reviewed on this blog.

Ms. Whiskersniff who prefers Ms Whisk takes her class of daredevils on an outdoor trek up the Dismal Hills. The children are excited and not worried about The grizzled grist that loner and hider Liam insists exists and that Ms Whisk insists does not exist.

The trip up the Dismal Hills is eventful with Liam hiding and seeing things the other children do not see. Then catastrophe as Ms Whisk and the children except Liam are captured by a large net put there by the grizzled grist. What is going to happen and what will Liam do? You will have to read it yourself to find out.

Superb illustrations with the characterisation of Ms Whisk and the Grizzled Grist brilliant. The language and text is rhyming and very witty making this picture book one of the best of the year.

Check the picture of the grizzled Grist at the end of the book and also the class photo at the start. Wonderful story.