Curiously Good Book Club

Why scary is good

Wolfy by Grégoire Solotareff is an enduring bestseller and a watershed in French illustration. It is a masterful picture book about a rabbit and a wolf who want to be best friends. A bestseller in France, it is known and loved by two generations of teachers, librarians, parents and children. For this new paperback edition Grégoire… Read more »

Encyclopedia of Grannies: Q&A with Eric Veillé

Encyclopedia of Grannies geckopress

Meet Eric Veillé and check his new book, Encyclopedia of Grannies, which is an offbeat book full of word play and humour, answering all your questions about grandmas – especially the ones you never thought to ask.

“I only recognise what I have not yet seen” The art of the book fair

For Gecko Press, we are looking for what we call curiously good books — books of strong character and good heart, with stories that parents and children will want to read hundreds of times. We are looking for books we feel we haven’t seen before with a harmonious combination of picture and story that sets up an immense hum, larger than the sum of its parts.

Harsu & the Werestoat: Q&A with Barbara Else

Harsu and the Wherestoat. A Children's novel by Barbara Else. Published by Gecko Press

In the ancient story of Beowulf, the hero kills a dreadful monster then discovers that the monster’s mother is a thousand times worse. I’ve often thought, if his mother was so terrible, what chance did the poor monster ever have to grow up normal and nice? My own story became one of a boy who manages to choose the right way to live.

8 books about grannies from booksellers (plus one encyclopedia)

Encyclopedia of Grannies by Eric Veillé. A book for kids published by Gecko Press

This month we release Eric Veillé’s Encyclopedia of Grannies, a book that recognises that grannies come in all shapes and varieties and celebrates them all. Every page brings something unexpected: granny yoga positions, playing hide and seek at granny’s place, how to cheer up a sad granny, knitting ideas, hairdos, staying up late to view… Read more »

French Language Day at Gecko Press

My Pictures After The Storm, Childrens book New Zealand

It’s French Language Day, a good day to share the books Gecko Press has translated from French and to acknowledge our French translators, who work hard to make every word perfect. This is a particular challenge with books using word play or rhymes like the pun-filled My Pictures after the Storm by Eric Veille and… Read more »

Book night 2018

The Book Discussion Scheme has thought about us and is organising a Book Night on Tuesday 22 May. The rules are simple: wherever you are and whatever you do, between 5pm and midnight, pick a book – a curiously good book is always a good choice – and treat yourself with at least 15 minutes of reading…. Read more »