- Winner of the Russell Clark Medal
- LIANZA AWARDS 2010
- CLFNZ Notable Book 2010
"A welcome follow-up to Taming the Sun and Riding the Waves. As always, a joy to hold and behold." – A.C. Storylines Book List Nov. 2009
Further witty and heart-warming stories about the ups and downs of a friendship between Snake and Lizard who live in the Arizona Desert.
Its Christmas time and all the farmyard animals come mooing, barking, clucking, baaing, quacking, oinking and meowing to the cowshed door. Something wonderful has happened in the cowshed...
This is a simple Christmas story with brightly coloured pictures firmly set in New Zealand. Designed with very young readers in mind.
This story is based on the real life of Katarina (Catherine) McKay, 1842-1935 and has special meaning for the author. Katarina was Gavin Bishop's great-aunt and her brother Banjo was his grandfather. In the winter of 1861, Katarina, a young Maori woman, leaves her tribal home in the North Island of New Zealand and travels south to join her Scottish husband in the far south of the South Island. In 1863 Governor Grey begins his assault on the Waikato, Katarina's home, in an attempt to force the Waikato Maori to give up more of their land to European settlers. Katarina's contact with her northern family is gradually lost until her brother Banjo suddenly joins her
Polly Piper's house is infested with rats - they are everywhere. She calls in an exterminator (closely resembling the Pied Piper) who leads them all away.When they go, Polly finds her life is empty and boring. Miserable, they plead to come back - so of course Polly agrees - and they all live happily ever after!
This book stands out for its finely detailed and exciting illustrations - they are beautiful and will give readers plenty to discover and delight in.
"It will come as no surprise that Rats! is wonderfully illustrated… very recognizably Bishop's style – full of detail and humour"
– Waikato Times