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Passion and craft in children’s book publishing, or: the hard craft of a good book

In a picture book, every word must earn its place, humming in tune with the pictures, setting up a much bigger hum, that has children and adults looking, returning, over and over.

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Events

Celebrate the release of Harsu & the Werestoat by Barbara Else in Wellington and Dunedin

In Harsu and the Werestoat Barbara has created an ambitious, original time-shifting world, built on humour, character, and drama – underpinned by a deep and ancient sense of morality.

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News

The Runaways – Booklist Starred Review

The Runaways has received another starred review, this time from Booklist.

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News

I Am So Clever – Booklist Starred Review

I Am So Clever has received a starred review from Booklist.

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News

The Runaways – Publishers Weekly Starred Review

The Runaways has received a starred review from Publishers Weekly in the US.

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News

Aleph is in Kirkus Reviews

Aleph is in the New Books for Small Hands at kirkus.com

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News

Where Dani Goes, Happy Follows is in Kirkus Reviews

“Writing with exceptional insight and humor, author Lagercrantz develops Dani’s emotional maturity in this story, giving her a growing awareness of both life’s complexity and adult fallibility, all the while maintaining Dani’s bone-deep optimism”. – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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News

Stories of the Night – The New York Times

Stories of thew Night has been chosen by The New York Times ‘Nighttime Picture Books to Put Children to Bed’ List. Congratulations Kitty Crowther!

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Events, News

The Visitor | 2018 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books

We are excited to announce that The Visitor has been named a Best Illustrated Book of the Year by The New York Times/The New York Public Library

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News

Karena Kelly reads aloud “Paraweta” at Porirua Library

We had a tino pai time celebrating Maori Language Week with ‘Paraweta‘ translator Karena Kelly and her enthusiastic little helper…

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I love Gecko Press … This is a shameless endorsement.

Meg Rosoff, author and winner of the ALMA 2016

One message shines from the Gecko list: children deserve quality.

Your Weekend, Dominion Post

You know when a story is so good you literally forget your surroundings and are quickly enveloped in its telling. The Ice Sea Pirates is such a book and at times I didn't want to leave...

Laura Patricia Rose, Blog Tour: The Ice Sea Pirates

In typical Gecko Press fashion, Impossible inventions is physically lovely, with paper you want to smush your cheeks against and colours you want to eat”

Giselle Clarkson, The Sapling

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