Each story is a mini-treasure.

The Weekend Sun

Just One More


A delightful and joyous collection of illustrated short stories for reading aloud to young children.


  • Description

    What will Jojo and Brett do about their pet grumpysaurus?
    Why is Zamforan the dragon living in the library?
    Can ex-pirate Billy Castor drive without his lucky feather?
    Will Jack escape the woggly hole that follows him everywhere?
    And why is a horse riding the escalator?

  • Book Details

    Reader Age6-8 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. Page and Blackmore Booksellers (NZ), January 2015

      Perfect for kids who are ready for more than picture books, but still have short attention spans.

    2. The School Librarian (UK), Autumn 2011

      `Just one more’ is a wonderful collection of stories that perfectly represent the childhood imagination … Filled with fantastic concepts akin to the nonsense poetry of Edward Lear, this collection will establish a sense of fun and wonder at storytime.

    3. The Weekend Sun, 15 July 2011

      Joy Cowley’s writing and wit sparkle in this collection of entertaining, quirky stories. The ultra-short stories are ideal for reading aloud to young children or for early readers to enjoy by themselves.
      Each story is a mini-treasure. Characters are amusing and eccentric. The surprise endings are a delight. Often justice is dealt out with startling results, reminiscent of traditional fables. Subtle lessons can be learned from the wise and whimsical tales.
      Illustrator Gavin Bishop adds his own humorous perspective to the stories. His colourful drawings show the characters’ unique personalities and behaviours.

    4. Playcentre Journal, Winter 2011

      This is a delightful collection of whimsical stories and tall tales for four to six year olds from the inimitable Joy Cowley. Short enough for reading aloud with young children (even those slightly younger than four) yet challenging and interesting for older children to read alone. The tales are tightly woven, brimming with fantastical creatures and magical occurrences.

    5. North and South’s ‘Best Books for Christmas’ 2011

      Young adventurers will … enjoy Joy Cowley’s … short tales Just One More, illustrated by doyen Gavin Bishop.

    6. The Great Big Kids’ Show, July 2011

      Presenter: What sort of book is this?
      Casey (age 10): It’s kind of a chapter book with lots of little stories in it.
      Presenter: Have you got a favourite story?
      Casey: I like this one, it’s about this little lizard called a grumposaurus. This family buys a little lizard and it’s always making their life a misery and everything.
      Presenter: Are there any other stories you like in that one?
      Casey: There’s this one right at the end, it’s quite a short story. It’s about a tiger and he’s got a bad tooth because he always eats cakes so his auntie takes him to the dentist and the dentist says `Oh, you need to stop eating cake and eat what normal tigers eat’, so then the tiger just eats the dentist.
      Presenter: A story with a moral to it, excellent. Ok, so what’s good or interesting or unusual about this book do you think?
      Casey: Joy Cowley chose really random subjects and just made them into funny, humorous little stories.
      Presenter: OK, next question, who do you think would like this book? What sort of kid?
      Casey: If you like humorous things.

    7. Your Weekend, July 2011

      Gecko Press has raided the archives for some of Joy Cowley’s liveliest stories. Just One More makes 17 of these wonderful read-aloud stories available to a new generation. What was the dragon doing in the library? Can a pirate become a bus driver? Best of all, why did the tiger eat the dental nurse? Gavin Bishop’s witty colour illustrations add to the fun.

    8. Kids Book Review (Australia), July 2011

      This gorgeous collection of stories is a hark back to old-time storytelling, with magical, kooky and warmly-written tales that will engage not only very young readers but older readers keen for something outside the modern, action-packed scene.

      From horrible things with hairy feet to a tiger with a bad tooth, the stores vary in length from extremely short to medium in length, creating nice little pockets that can be enjoyed during travel, in one solid whack or in snippets before bedtime.

      Gorgeously retro illustrations by Gavin Bishop are interspersed throughout, and perfectly complement these fun tales, written by one of New Zealand’s most respected children’s writers.

    9. The Scotsman, July 2011

      This is a collection of short stories ideal for reading aloud or for confident readers to enjoy on their own. The stories are unrelated and diverse featuring a dragon living in a library, a horse riding an escalator and a former pirate making a living as a bus driver. They are lively and fast-moving with an occasional twist and colourful illustrations bring the unusual characters to life.

    10. Magpies, May 2011

      Joy Cowley is one of our most loved and respected authors, especially in the education sector where she has contributed a countless number of entertaining stories for the emergent and newly-independent reader.
      Just One More is a collection of seventeen very short stories, eleven of which first appeared as school readers from the mid 1980s to the mid 1990s. They have easily made the translation from school reader to read- aloud, demonstrating Joy Cowley’s superb skill with language, play on words and humour. Peppered with quirky characters and delightfully silly situations each story takes just a few minutes to read, making this collection ideal for bedtime or sharing with a class at the end of the school day. My personal favourites would have to be The Horrible Thing with Hairy Feet, Clodhoppers and Zamforan the Dragon. Gavin Bishop’s illustrations are bold with clean lines, complementing the tales perfectly. Gecko Press have again produced a stunning package that befits the skills of both author and illustrator. Available in either a sumptuous hardback with dust jacket or paperback with flaps. Just One More is the perfect title for a perfect book. A must for any home or library collection.

    11. angels & urchins, London’s indispensable parents’ magazine, May 2011

      A fantastic collection of stories about birds, monsters, elves and lots more, put together in a fun illustrated book. There will always be a plea for ‘just one more’.

    12. Melbourne Age, April 2011

      The short stories in this collection by New Zealand children’s author Joy Cowley are invariably humorous. Cowley has a rare imagination that reminds me a little of Judith Kerr’s (author of Mog books and TheTiger Who Came to Tea) in her invention of situations that are perfectly impossible yet perfectly imaginable for children’s active minds. So there is a horse galloping up an escalator, a pirate who has become a bus driver, and a dragon who loves books so much he moves from his cave to the nearby village’s library.

      As well as being funny, this is quietly clever stuff. In one story a boy digs a hole that follows him around until he plants some beans in it. And that boy’s name? Jack.

      Adding another dimension are characters with child-like traits – a grumpysaurus who complains and tantrums, a monster who bounces on chairs and sticks fingers in the birthday cake icing, and a gonna bird who is always gonna do something tomorrow instead of today, and, as it points out, tomorrow never comes because then it is today.

      The fine print reveals many of the stories were first published as school readers, so they are perfect for beginning readers to read aloud, with the enjoyment that only comes with the best of school readers. Equally, though, with the subject matter suitable for a range of ages, older children will read them solo, while parents can read them happily to younger children. All will enjoy the sprinkling of illustrations by Gavin Bishop.

    13. Tomorrow’s Schools Today, April 2011

      Another book that lives up to its name, Just One More is filled with delightful stories from the pen of Joy Cowley, that will have children asking ‘Just one more, please?’ Whether reading the stories themselves or having these short stories read to them, these enchanting tales will delight and entertain children. The story length makes them just right for reading at bedtime, while the messages behind the story can provide worthwhile discussion at school or pre-school. In all, Just One More contains seventeen funny and varied child centred stories accompanied by some wonderful colour illustrations. The stories will capture children’s imaginations and also show them things like why it is not always a good idea to look for a bargain, why it is important to listen carefully to everything someone tells you and why it is not a good idea to keep a grumpysaurus in the house.

    14. Time Out Bookstore, Autumn 2011 newsletter

      A fantastic collection of short stories from the wonderful Joy Cowley, perfect for reading aloud to young children. Some are new stories; many are favourite, previously out-of-print stories from school readers from the past 25 years. With colourful new illustrations from Gavin Bishop.

    15. Parents in Touch, March 2011

      I am a great fan of short stories – they are a great way to get children reading a wide range of genres. This collection by Joy Cowley contains some fascinating tales – how about a horse on an escalator; a pirate driving a bus; a kingdom where nobody was allowed to smile or laugh; and a travelling bathtub. These are just the right length for one or two – or three or four – at bedtime or for sharing in the classroom, or for reading alone – I am sure the audience will be asking for ‘Just One More’. Lively illustrations make the stories more entertaining – good fun and a little out of the ordinary.

    16. Around the Bookshops, February 2011

      An irresistible collection of short stories just the right length for reading aloud to small children, written with Joy Cowley’s trademarks of warmth and understanding of her audience and illustrated in keeping by Gavin Bishop’s perceptive drawings. Every child will clamour for ‘just one more’ – and again and again.

  • Reviews

    1. Gemma Lovewell (6 years)

      I love this book because there are so many stories, and it makes you want to read ‘just one more’… after every story!
      My favourite story is Cowgirl Katie and Pronto, because it is really funny, especially when Pronto the horse goes up the escalator.
      This would be great for children ages three to adult. I want to read it over and over and over.
      I give it six stars! But if I can’t really give it six, then I give it FIVE REALLY BIG ONES.

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