Juliette MacIver is so far ahead of the pack when it comes to perfect, lip-smacking rhyming books.

The Sapling (NZ)

The Grizzled Grist Does Not Exist

An exuberant rhyming picture book about a school trip to the hills, where no one sees the danger—apart from quiet Liam, who pays attention and saves the day with his particular skill of hiding.

White Ravens Award 2023 

Funky Kids Radio Global Picture Book Award, Winner 2022

It’s the class trip to Dismal Hills wilderness. The children aren’t worried about the legendary Grizzled Grist who lives here; they’re excited to show off their outdoor skills—foraging, climbing, trapping. No one’s impressed with Liam’s skill of hiding. But it turns out a hider can see what others think does not exist.

A hider moves with soundless ease and treads as softly as the breeze.

At times, a hider barely breathes—but what is this the hider sees?

When the children and their frazzled teacher walk confidently into disaster, little Liam saves the day—a triumph for the quiet child no one notices.

From the world of That’s Not a Hippopotamus also written by Juliette MacIver and Sarah Davis.

Author Q&A | Look inside video | Activity sheet

Ebook available wherever you buy your ebooks

  • Book Details

    Country of Origin New Zealand
    Reader Age 2-5 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. White Ravens Award 2023

      Selected for the White Ravens Award 2023

  • Reviews

    1. Read Plus

      A brilliant story that should be shared just for the fun of it.

    2. Kids Read the World

      Reminiscent of The Gruffalo in the best ways possible – it becomes more enjoyable, and entertaining on every read.

    3. Big Books for Little Hands

      Sure to capture your heart.

    4. Armadillo Magazine

      ‘Whisk’ is only the first of the highly inventive rhymes for ‘Grist/exist’ that ‘persist’ all the way through this delightful picture book, which will be great fun to read aloud and share with children who might join in.

    5. Just Imagine

      An empowering read for those quieter children… a book to revisit and savour.

    6. Swings & Roundabouts

      A fun read-aloud with rhyming text and comical illustrations

    7. Stuff

      Best books of 2022
      Hilarious with lots to spot.

    8. Poetry Box – Paula Green

      The kind of book that gladdens your heart as both reader and writer, and reminds you Aotearoa children’s books are in the best of hands.

    9. Politics and Prose

      With a bouncy rhyming cadence and humor, Juliette MacIver reminds us how important it is to listen to the quiet child as Sarah Davis’ vibrant illustrations take readers deep into the wilderness.

    10. The Sapling

      Juliette MacIver is so far ahead of the pack when it comes to perfect, lip-smacking rhyming books.

    11. Lancashire Evening Post

      A picture perfect story, laughs galore, and a call and refrain wordplay that will enchant toddlers, pre-schoolers and early readers.

    12. NZ Booklovers

      A fun and energetic read that will delight readers of all ages.

    13. What Book Next

      A celebration of the quiet child in the class who participates on the fringes of events or play, and notices what others don’t.

    14. The Source

      The Grizzled Grist Does Not Exist is a perfect marriage of comic verse, cute rhymes and hilarious illustrations – destined to be a well-thumbed classic of tomorrow.

    15. Kids Books NZ

      Gorgeous rhythmic rhyming language, humour, and twists.

    16. Northumberland News

      An entertaining, rhyming story that is particularly good for adults to read aloud to children.

    17. Bob’s Books Blog

      This picture book is one of the best of the year.

    18. School Library Journal, Betsy Bird

      It’s like I always say. If you can write a book in which the phrase “It’s finis diem!” successfully rhymes with “He’s eaten Liam!” then I will be your friend for life.

    19. Books + Publishing

      Championing the feats of the ‘hiders’ of this world, this vibrant and charming picture book is an enchanting and triumphant tale for early-years adventurers, bursting with wonderment and the diversity of people, skills and nature.

    20. Kirkus Reviews

      Using a mix of rhyming couplets and longer stanzas as well as creative line breaks, MacIver creates a bouncy read-aloud that will tickle children and adults alike. Brave—and not so brave—hikers will giggle at this class’s brush with peril.

Available worldwide from your local bookstore or online.

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