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E Hoa / Friends

A Board Book in Te Reo and English Written and Illustrated by Gavin Bishop

A simple board book in te reo Māori that shares how to talk about feelings through a friendship between a child and their dog.

Through the up-close expressive faces of a child and their dog, we learn the Māori words for a range of feelings.

Taku kurī pai – my good dog. He hātakēhi ia. My dog is happy … angry … excited … sad … shy … hopeful … Taku hoa pūmau, my faithful friend.

This simple board book is a starting point to talk about how we feel. Key words describe the many emotions a dog can go through in a short time, while the expressions on the faces of the people nearby convey a whole new raft of feelings as they respond and react. And so the story becomes one of friendship and how our friends make us feel.

This new board book is a multi-layered delight joiningand in Gavin Bishop’s powerful series to share with the smallest children.

Published by Gecko Press 2022 / ISBN 978-1-776574-86-5

Atua - Maori Gods and Heroes

Text and Illustrations by Gavin Bishop
- CLFNZ Notable Book 2022
Gavin Bishop's stunning, once-in-a-generation compendium introduces readers to the pantheon of Maori gods, demigods and heroes, and explores Aotearoa's most exciting legends from the Creation to the Migration.

Reviews

 A phenomenal achievement, this breathtaking whakapapa of the Māori gods crowns the trilogy that began with AOTEAROA: The New Zealand Story. From the dramatic darkness of Te Kore to the migration voyages, this extraordinary book is not only a revelation of the author's skill but a stunning example of publishing team work.

- Ann Packer -  NZ Listener
I hold this book out to you, hoping you will hold it out to someone else, young or old. It has earned a place upon our shelves of book taonga.

- Paula Green , Poetry Box
A Puffin book published by Penguin Random House 2020 / ISBN 978-0-14-377569-0

Koro / Pops

A Board Book in Te Reo and English Written and Illustrated by Gavin Bishop
- CLFNZ Notable Book 2022

Koro is a warm and universal board book in te reo Māori about a day with grandad from the award-winning Gavin Bishop.

Koro is a warm and universal board book in te reo Māori about a day with grandad. The bond between grandfather and child is shown through big, beautiful images and simple Māori text.The child and their koro explore the day—they go for a walk, collect food from the garden, eat, tell stories, and snuggle up for a rest to finish.

Published by Gecko Press 2020 / ISBN 978-1-776574-00-1

Mihi

A Board Book in Te Reo Written and Illustrated by Gavin Bishop
- CLFNZ Notable Book 2021
- Shortlisted for the NZ Post Book Awards 2021

Mihi is a beautiful baby book that introduces ideas of me and my place in the world in the shape of a simple mihi or pepeha.

Mihi / mihimihi / pepeha: introducing yourself and making connections to other people and places. Mihi is a simple book to share with babies and talk about their whānau and place in the world. Repeating colours and shapes show the connections between waka, mountain, iwi through to mama, papa and the baby reader. This book is an introduction for children of any age to their own pepeha—and to the idea of a pepeha.

Published by Gecko Press 2020 / ISBN 978-1-776573-02-8

Cook's Cook - The Cook who Cooked for Captain Cook

Text and Illustrations by Gavin Bishop
- CLFNZ Notable Book 2019
- Shortlisted for the NZ Post Book Awards 2019
Cook's Cook follows the 1768 journey of James Cook's H.M.S. Endeavour with his ship's cook, the one-handed John Thompson, as story teller. Through real recipes from the ship's galley, events on board and the places the ship travelled to on its way to the Pacific, the book tells multiple stories.

Reviews

Gavin Bishop has written and illustrated a book of many layers, that conveys this chronological and empirical account of the voyage but also the human experience. 

- Children's Books Ireland
I just had to get this fantastic book. Just a fantastic non-fiction book. Details, facts and fantastic illustration. Great different perspective on Captain Cook’s voyage.

- Simon Smith, Whitby, England

Author Gavin Bishop lets his research shine as he writes this interesting story. It is illustrated throughout in muted blues and browns, giving the look of an old ship’s journal. Youngsters from third to sixth grade will find this a wonderful way to learn some fascinating history.

- San Fran Book Review
Published by Gecko Press 2018 / ISBN 978-1-77657-204-5

Wildlife of Aotearoa

Text and Illustrations by Gavin Bishop
- CLFNZ Notable Book 2020
- Shortlisted for the NZ Post Book Awards 2020
- NZ Booklover's Best Children's Book Award 2020
- Storylines Notable Non-Fiction Award 2020
- IBBY Honour List 2022
Encounter New Zealand's amazing array of wildlife in this award-winning illustrated companion volume to Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story.

A spectacular illustrated picture book exploring New Zealand’s unique landscapes and its incredible wildlife by the author of Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story.

Reviews

Gavin Bishop describes this fully comprehensive, large picture book sized, encounter with New Zealand’s amazing array of wildlife, as a “leap into the unknown”.

Well it is known now thanks to him, in the best non fiction work I have read this year and one of the best ever.This superb work ends with safe places for wildlife in the sea and on the land. Outstanding drawings and illustrations with a Maori context throughout.

A phenominal piece of work for everyone. essential purchase for all schools and there is a place in the home for it too.

- Bob's Books Blog, September 2019
A Puffin book published by Penguin Random House 2019 / ISBN 978-0-14-377251-4

Amazing Aotearoa Activity Book

Text and Illustrations by Gavin Bishop
- CLFNZ Notable Book 2021
There are 60+ awesome games, puzzles and activities in this fun, creative and high-quality activity book based on Gavin Bishop's bestselling Aotearoa.

You’ll have lots of creative fun with this book full of puzzles, quizzes and activities that explore Aotearoa New Zealand and its people. Based on Gavin Bishop’s bestselling Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story and Wildlife of Aotearoa, this activity book is a place for you to tell your own story in words and pictures.

Packed with quizzes, mazes, colouring pages and activities designed to stimulate bright minds, this is the ideal activity book for creative children aged 5-12.
A Puffin book published by Penguin Random House 2020 / ISBN 978-0-14-377525-6

AOTEAROA - The NEW ZEALAND STORY

Text and Illustrations by Gavin Bishop
- CLFNZ Notable Book 2018
- Elsie Locke Award for Best Non Fiction Book of the Year NZ Post Book Awards 2018
- Margaret Mahy Award for the Best Children's Book of the Year NZ Post Book Awards 2018
Over a thousand years ago, the wind, sea currents and stars brought people to the islands that became known as Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud.

Navigate your way through this sumptuously illustrated story of New Zealand. Explore the defining moments of our history, captured by celebrated children's book creator Gavin Bishop, from the Big Bang right through to what might happen tomorrow. Discover Maori legends, layers of meaning and lesser-known facts.

Reviews

The result is a delight, a personal vision of the history of our country in word and picture, a triumph of good design and a celebration of all those who have contributed to our national identity. Aotearoa is the book of the year, perhaps even the book of the decade.

Best of all it attracts readers like a magnet. Aotearoa, with its richness of detail, has the same fascination for young readers as the Guinness Book of Records. They carry it around, reading bits out aloud. What better advertisement could there be for a book?

- Trevor Agnew Nov 2017
A Puffin book published by Penguin Random House 2017 / ISBN 978-1-776571-47-5
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