Good Night Sleep Tight by Kirstina Andres, Gecko Press


Sat 14 Sept: Featherston Goes Gobbledegook—A Joy Cowley event

Featherston Booktown and Gecko Press are celebrating the joyous new anthology of much-loved poems and stories by Joy Cowley, The Gobbledegook Book, illustrated by Giselle Clarkson. Don’t miss this chance to hear Joy recite gobbledegook poems and stories. There will be books for sale with Mr Feathers Den, Joy and Giselle will be signing and a scrumptious… Read more »

“I like to exploit and stretch an idea until it reaches breaking point”, Leo Timmers

Leo Timmers’ new book, Monkey on the Run, has all the characteristics of his picture books. As an illustrator, Leo asks the reader to look—then look again, and again. He uses collisions, movement, problem-solving, colour and humour in his plot. Here he talks about how Monkey on the Run developed as a story, even demanding new technique.

June competition winner: Read-alouds

The Longest Breakfast Jenny Bornholdt Sarah Wilkins

Thanks for all of your responses to our June read-alouds competition. We’ve built a whole new list of picture books to read aloud.

Classroom read-alouds for all ages

A book read aloud in the classroom can stay with a child for a lifetime. I can still conjure the beautiful Scottish voice of one brilliant reader-alouder from my primary school, forty years later. My children frequently recommend books their teachers have read them—and hunt them down for re-reading. They both went to Te Kura… Read more »

A Reader draws Simon

Belynda’s grandson Charlie (3) adores Simon: Yesterday he sat at the table for ages and then showed me his drawing of Simon. We were all rather surprised as it is the first recognizable thing he has ever drawn!  The power of reading.  Thank you Charlie and Belynda for drawing, sharing and letting us share. Simon couldn’t… Read more »

Oink – Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review

Oink has received a starred review by Publisher’s Weekly. “Eager to take a bath, a pig hangs his towel from the stepladder and climbs into the tub. It closes its eyes contentedly, but the moment of quiet is cut short by a knock on the door. A sheep, dressed in a skirted swimsuit and carrying… Read more »

The Runaways – New York Times Review

The Runaways by Ulf Stark. A children's novel by Gecko Press

The writing is unflashy and deadpan except for when it’s unflashy and musical. Crowther’s bright, naïve pencil illustrations fit the offbeat text.

Harsu & the Werestoat – NZ Booklovers review

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

Harsu and the Werestoat is a surprising read. Else has built a fantastical world, rich in detail and imagination. It is a book that will delight those that tumble into Harsu’s world.