Helper and Helper by Gecko Press cover

Not a word out of place ... in the tradition of Aesop’s fables but much funnier and a little bit more unexpected

Kate De Goldi, Radio New Zealand National

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More funny stories and wry observations with the bestselling Snake and Lizard.

Helper and Helper is a finalist in the New Zealand Book Awards for children and Young Adults.

Read Joy Cowley’s story behind Helper and Helper here .


  • Description

    More funny stories and wry observations with the bestselling Snake and Lizard.

    A chapter book for children ages 6-8.

  • Book Details

    Reader Age 6-8 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. Freya Daly Sadgrove, The Spinoff (NZ)

      There are some real ethical dilemmas in this book, for which reason I think it would be really rewarding to read aloud and discuss with children. It would also be great for junior readers starting out with chapter books.

    2. The Sampling (NZ)

      The third in the marvellous Snake and Lizard series sees more gentle hilarity mixed with wise observations on life.

      This will be a firm favourite with both adults and children – it’s a sure-fire bet for a present, or a classroom read-aloud.

    3. Booksellers NZ

      Much clever humour, and occasionally a small measure of sadness… Most deservedly a nominee for the NZ Children’s Book Awards.

    4. Book Council (NZ)

      Many of the tales are written in a way that could provoke deeper thinking (e.g., is eating another animal okay if it is not a friend?). These could provide a prompt for discussion, especially in classes of year 3 to year 5 students.

    5. Starred review, Youth Services Book Review (US)

      This would make a nice read aloud to younger elementary school children. Also recommend to kids who like animal stories like Frog and Toad by Lobel or the Little Bear stories by Minarik.

    6. John McIntyre, Radio New Zealand

      I love them. They’re warm, they’re witty.

    7. The Source

      Joy Cowley’s witty narrative will keep young readers amused. Gavin Bishop’s colour illustrations capture the various moods of the stories. The desert creatures are sympathetically depicted warts and all – yes, there are toads – and his beautiful endpapers display a wide range of birdlife.

    8. Bob’s Book Blog (NZ)

      Great read-a-loud for primary schools. Lots of wisdom here and justly called modern Fables in the Aesop mould.

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