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Hilary Tapper on creating a beach storybook

Hilary Tapper holding a copy of At the Bach

Kia ora! Hilary here, the illustrator of At the Bach.

Creating this book was a really special process for me—I got to focus on creating a book about the delight of ‘baches’ in New Zealand culture.

The creation of Have You Seen Dinosaur?

Have You Seen Dinosaur and Have You Seen Elephant sitting on a table.

This month we’re celebrating the release of my latest picture book Have You Seen Dinosaur?, lovingly published by the wonderful Gecko Press. So in honour of this event I’d like to invite you into my studio.

Giselle Clarkson’s life as an observologist

Giselle Clarkson holding a copy of The Observologist

Hello! I’m Giselle, author and illustrator of The Observologist: A Handbook for Mounting Very Small Scientific Expeditions.

I’m absolutely fascinated by all the smallest details in nature. I especially love tiny invertebrates. I wrote this book because I want to share all my favourite things about them with other people.

Book list: 21 of the best leporellos

By Mel Schuit of Let’s Talk Picture Books Mel Schuit is one of our favourite children’s book bloggers, especially for her “Let’s talk illustrators” interviews with children’s book illustrators, full of interesting questions about the process of bookmaking. This month, we are releasing our first leperello—Look by Gavin Bishop—so we are sharing Mel’s book list… Read more »

When Dad’s Hair Took Off UK blog tour

When Dad's Hair Took Off vacuum cleaner

Last week, When Dad’s Hair Took Off went on a whirlwind tour of UK reviewers.

Read what they had to say about Dad’s Hair’s adventures below.

Admirable mothers in picture books

For Mother’s Day, we are noticing books that demonstrate good parenting—often without the child realising. The Poo Bum series is one.

The House that Jack Built in Aotearoa New Zealand schools

House That Jack Built 3 Gecko Press

This picture book tells the story of colonisation in Aotearoa for our tamariki and our rangatahi.  They can look at and see and feel–what happened here, what was the impact, what changed in Aotearoa from page one to the end of the book? This book is a huge asset as a launch pad for deeper learning for our students.

An English version as entertaining and easy as the original

The Moon Is a Ball Dutch cover

My primary task as a translator was to reproduce the flow and fun of the stories, making the English versions as entertaining and easy to read as the originals. Of course I didn’t try to do this by simplifying Panda and Squirrel’s plans, but by taking slight liberties in the literal content to maintain clarity.

The many wisdoms of Detective Gordon

We frequently follow Gordon’s policies on small cakes, namely to introduce one to a situation wherever possible. To mark the final book in this junior fiction series, we collected five of our (other) favourite wisdoms.