CHILDREN'S BOOKS. Page Three


NEW ZEALAND FICTION TITLES


  • The Littlest Lifeguard
  • Blue, Blue Christmas
  • One Weka went Walking
  • A Kiwi went to Sea,Sea,Sea
  • Tide's Out
  • Toroa's Journey
  • Watch out for the Weka
  • Hero of the Sea
  • Out On The Water
  • Little Hector meets Mini Maui
  • Little Hector and the Big Idea
  • Little Hector and the Big Blue Whale
  • Oliver Goes to Stephens Island Lighthouse
  • A Hippo Lives in Havelock
  • Herbert the Brave Sea Dog
  • On Plastic Bag Patrol
  • Daldy to the Rescue
  • The Beaching of Bertha Barge
  • Deodar's Voice
  • Those Seal Rock Kids
  • Those Sugar-Barge Kids
  • Those Shipwreck Kids
  • Those Eco-Pirate Kids
  • Those Snake Island Kids
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    THE LITTLEST LIFEGUARD
    By Vannessa Hatley-Owen, 0.13kg, 280mm x 210mm, Paperback,Full colour illustrations by Lisa Allen. Published 2024.

    The littlest lifeguard wants to help, but it only ends in chaos! Just when it seems they will never be part of the team, they discover being the littlest one means you can help in a different way.

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    BLUE, BLUE CHRISTMAS
    By Anna Coddington. Paperback, 0.23kg, 227mm x 255mm, Full colour illustrations by Story Hemi-Morehouse. Published 2023.

    "Santa! It's urgent!. I'm not sure sure if you know - down here Christmas is in Summer!

    It's blue, blue skies and if you get fried in that suit it'll be a bummer".

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    ONE WEKA WENT WALKING
    By Kate Preece. Hardback, 0.43kg, 260mm x 260mm, Full colour illustrations. Published 2023.

    A curious Weka explores the Chatham Islands, meeting some of New Zealand’s most endangered birds – from the tiny black robin to one of the world’s rarest seabirds.

    Wonderfull illustrations by Pippa Ensor.

    Interesting facts are detailed for each encounter.

    Storylines Notable Book Award.

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    A KIWI WENT TO SEA,SEA,SEA
    By Peter Millett, 0.22kg, 250mm x 250mm, Softcover Published 2022.

    A Kiwi went to sea, sea, sea to catch some kai for tea, tea, tea . . .
    Will the kiwis get to have their fun in the sun and enjoy some yummy kai out on the deep blue sea? Or will the wheke, popoto, titi, mako, kekeno and maki leave their plans high and dry?

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    TIDE'S OUT (TAI TIMU)
    By Frances Plumpton, 0.13kg, 230mm x 230mm, Softcover Published 2022.

    This beautiful picture book is an exploration of the beach at low tide, with text in English and te reo Maori. It straddles the line between picture book and non-fiction, perfectly capturing the joy of meandering along the foreshore with young children.

    Tides Out will help children reinforce their counting skills whilst introducing them to the fascinating seashore life on New Zealand beaches.

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    TOROA'S JOURNEY
    By Maria Gill. Softback, 0.22kg, 250mm x 250mm, 32 pages. Published 2017.

    Based on the true story of Toroa, the 500th albatross chick to hatch at the breeding colony on Taiaroa Head near Dunedin, this story follows his life as he grows from chick to adult and begins roving out across the vast Pacific Ocean.

    Will fishing lines snag him? Can he avoid an erupting volcano? Does a plastic island pose a threat and will he make it back to Dunedin years later to start his own family?

    Toroa’s Journey is an inspiring and insightful story for budding environmentalists to read together or alone.

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    WATCH OUT FOR THE WEKA
    By Ned Barraud, 0.23kg, 210mm x 230mm, 31 Pages Picture Book. Colour Illustrations. Published 2017.

    While Alf, the DOC hut warden, is taking a swim, a curious weka steals his precious watch. He must get it back. That evening, Alf thinks up a cunning plan and eventually recovers his watch while also discovering the weka’s treasure pile.
    Based on a true story, set at Awaroa in the Abel Tasman National Park, this entertaining picture book will delight young and old alike as the inquisitive and curious nature of our native weka is revealed and they accompany Alf on his quest to get his watch back.

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    HERO OF THE SEA. Sir Peter Blake's Mighty Ocean Quests.
    By DAVID HILL& PHOEBE MORRIS. hardback, 246mm x 256mm, 32 Pages. colour illustrations. Published 2018

    A stunning biographical picture book for young readers about Sir Peter Blake, world-renowned New Zealand yachtsman, adventurer and environmentalist.

    Sir Peter Blake’s life was filled with amazing adventures. During his 30-year career on the ocean, he sailed around the globe, won the world’s most famous races and broke records. Even his red socks became a national sensation. But no matter how many trophies Peter won, he always knew the survival of our planet was more important.

    This illustrated picture book, by an acclaimed author and illustrator, tells the remarkable story of a true Kiwi hero. It is the fourth book in their bestselling series about famous New Zealanders.

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    OUT ON THE WATER
    By Tessa Duder. Softcover, 0.30kg, 154mm x 234mm, Black & White illustrations. Published 2014.
    For her first children's fiction in ten years, Out on the Water – Twelve Tales of the Sea, Tessa Duder has chosen a nautical theme: a brand-new collection of sea stories, illustrated by Bruce Potter

    There are stories about children learning the ropes of dinghy sailing, or kayaking up rivers, or sailing as crew in their family boats. Two have historical themes: the longest story explores what the experience of crossing the Tasman in 1882 in a tall ship might be like for a shy 12-year-old boy, and another shares with another boy the challenges of transporting 62 nearly wild cattle in a scow from Great Barrier Island to Auckland in the 1890s. Each of the twelve stories has a full-page illustration

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    LITTLE HECTOR MEETS MINI MAUI
    By Ruth Paul, 0.12kg, 215mm x 230mm, 24 Pages Picture Book. Colour Illustrations. Published 2020.

    Little Hector is off on holiday to meet his rare and special cousin, Mini Maui. For the first time in his life, Hector is the BIGGER dolphin.
    But Mini thinks he's BOSSY. Will they ever be friends?

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    LITTLE HECTOR AND THE BIG IDEA
    By Ruth Paul, 0.13kg, 215mm x 230mm, 24 Pages Picture Book. Colour Illustrations. Published 2019.

    Little Hector's fun with his friends keeps getting spoilt. When it's not by dangling, tangling fishing nets, it's by a mess of plastic trash. He wants to make his bay safe again - but how will one little dolphin tackle such a BIG problem....?

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    LITTLE HECTOR AND THE BIG BLUE WHALE
    By Ruth Paul, 0.11kg, 215mm x 230mm, 24 Pages Picture Book. Colour Illustrations. Published 2018.

    A gorgeous new picture book for young children to find out all about the tiny and endangered Hector's dolphin. Introducing . . . Little Hector!

    A small but daring dolphin, Little Hector swims out into the deep blue ocean. He meets many dangers — and an unlikely friend — and proves you are never too small to have BIG adventures...

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    OLIVER GOES TO STEPHENS ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE
    By Grant Sheehan. 0.24kg, 210mm x 300mm, Colour Illustrations. Published 2019.
    Oliver is a lucky boy. His father is a writer and his mother a photographer and they take him by helicopter to Stephens island off the coast of Marlborough in Cook Strait.

    There he learns over a couple of days about the lighthouse that is now being mechanised like most lighthouses in New Zealand and around the World. He learns about the tuatara that inhabit the island and of a rare wren that was hunted to extinction by cats owned by various lighthouse keepers.

    This book has been dedicated to Len Akers and Jill Barton, the last keepers of the Stephens Island lighthouse.

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    A HIPPO LIVES IN HAVELOCK
    ByBrett Avison & Scott Tulloch. Hardcover, 0.49kg, 260mm x 260mm, full colour illustrations. Published 2015.

    A Hippo Lives in Havelock is a quintessential Kiwi story.
    Havelock could be any town in New Zealand and the sense of wonder at a hippo coming to reside in the town could be felt by any little Kiwi kid in their own patch of New Zealand. Scott Tulloch's detailed illustrations depict things us Kiwis are familiar with: the NZ Post postie on a bike, camping scenes, the Cook Strait ferry, campervans, our wildlife and seashells, colonial wooden buildings, town halls and community gardens.
    The clever text is a chance to promote stories of ourselves in our own backyard. The big question, of course, is how does a hippo fit into all of this?

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    HERBERT THE BRAVE SEA DOG.
    By Robyn Belton. Paperback, 0.23kg, 262mm x 232mm, full colour illustrations.
    Herbert was a small dog who lived by the sea. Everybody loved him, but the person who loved him most was Tim. One fine day, an excited Herbert set off on a boat with Tim's father, heading for the Marlborough Sounds. What no one knew, however, was that the weather would soon turn rough and Herbert would be thrown into the biggest adventure of his life.

    This is a true New Zealand story, delightfully told and beautifully illustrated.

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    ON PLASTIC BAG PATROL.
    By Andrew Fagan. Paperback, 0.22kg, 256mm x 230mm, full colour illustrations.
    The Tiny Triplets _ Whangarei, Whakatane and Phellington - are anchored in Port Perfect. They are waiting for the wind to blow them over the curve of the Earth to far distant seas, where highly prized Giant Plastic Bags can be found. Huge sea serpents and foul-mouthed enemies lie in wait for the Sailing Boats of Saggimau.

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    DALDY TO THE RESCUE.
    By Douglas Walker & John Shelley. Softback, 0.10kg, 152mm x 230mm, Black & White Drawings. 44 Pages. Published (NZ Edition) 2023

    The First Adventures of the Daldy-Friendship Series.

    On a stormy night at sea, young Frankie McKenna is an accidental stowaway aboard the William C Daldy, his father's steam tug.
    Daldy is on a dangerous mission to save the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Listening to Daldy moan and groan, Frankie realises the Tug and his father are in serious trouble, but no one will listen. The fate of the entire crew rests with Frankie.
    Will he have the courage to act alone?

    This is the first adventure in this series.

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    THE BEACHING OF BERTHA BARGE.
    By Douglas Walker & John Shelley. Softback, 0.10kg, 152mm x 230mm, 46 pages. Black & White Drawings Published (NZ Edition) 2023

    The Second Adventure of the Daldy-Friendship Series.

    Something is wrong in Sandy Cove, very wrong. A storm has swept away the beach, the pier, and everyone's hope - all but Katie Mckenna's.
    Katie has a plan to save the dying village, but no one will listen. Can one girl, a rusty old barge, a butterfly and an obsolete steam tug really make a difference?

    The second adventure in this series.

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    DEODAR'S VOICE
    By Douglas Walker & John Shelley. Softback, 0.10kg, 152mm x 230mm, 46 Pages. Black & White Drawings Published (NZ Edition) 2023

    The Third Adventure of the Daldy-Friendship Series.

    Deodar is a problem child - a problem motor launch actually. She is loud and unruly. The other boats think she is obnoxious, even the Steam Tug Daldy has trouble understanding her. But when young Frankie McKenna gets lost at sea, Deodar is called in for rescue.
    Will her raucous ways help save the boy, or hurt him?

    Adventure Number Three in this series,

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    THOSE SEAL ROCK KIDS
    By Jon Tucker. Paperback, 0.33kg, 150mm x 230mm, 198 pages, black & white drawings. Published 2020.
    This is the fifth book in the series.

    When a group of young Australian and Kiwi sailing friends are allowed to camp in New Zealand's Bay of Islands they discover something very unexpected on a tiny nearby rocky islet.

    Fresh cultrural and environmental insights are introduced with the arrival of a pair of local Maori children who bring humour and resilience while facing problems that threaten to turn their lives upside down.

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    THOSE SUGAR-BARGE KIDS
    By Jon Tucker. Paperback, 0.28kg, 150mm x 230mm, 197 pages, black & white drawings. Published 2018.
    In this fouth book in the series, three Tasmanian children meet a couple of home-alone kids who live on an old barge in New Zealand's Bay of Islands. Over a period of time they find themselves heavily involved in a conflict with one of the local oyster farmers.
    The outcome is a triumph of lateral thinking, and a signal to youngsters everywhere that it is possible to bring about changes that will help change the future of the world.

    Suitable for ages nine to ninety-nine, this is another thought-provoking Ransome inspired tale with a strong appeal to adventure-loving readers. Underlying its clear environmental theme is the conclusion that freedom and responsibility go hand in hand.

    in Jon Tuckers own words.."Although this is essentially a work of fiction, it is based on real people and places. There really is a sugar-barge near Opua that two generations of kids have lived aboard, doing their best to cope with rising sea levels, as the book depicts. The black backed seagull 'Percival' is the embodiment of many marine-dwelling creatures who have fallen victim to the ever growing flood of plastics choking our waterways and Captain Bamford's Ketch Swallow also exists..."

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    THOSE SHIPWRECK KIDS
    By Jon Tucker. Paperback, 0.30kg, 150mm x 230mm, 203 pages, black & white drawings. Published 2017.
    The third book in the series (although they can be read as stand-alone books), this is another thought-provoking Ransome inspired tale with a strong appeal to adventure-loving readers in a nine to ninety-nine age bracket. Underlying its clear environmental theme is the conclusion that freedom and responsibility go hand in hand.

    When a Tasmanian sailing family anchors near an old wrecked hulk in New Zealand's Marlborough Sounds, the kids discover a strangely abandoned campsite, with plates of uneaten food and young children's toys still visible under the mould and cockroaches. Their curiosity leads to an investigation which adds a layer of intrigue to their anticipated fun-filled experiences in an unfamiliar foreign land.

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    THOSE ECO-PIRATE KIDS
    By Jon Tucker. Paperback, 0.29kg, 150mm x 230mm, 189 pages, black & white drawings. Published 2014.

    Fin has always been passionate about fishing, so when he discovers an illegal net full of undersized fish in Sydney's northern waterways, his first reaction is to empty it. The subsequent events turn a joint Kiwi-Australian family holiday into a rather more complex experience.

    This Ransome-inspired tale has equal appeal to adults and children. Underlying a clear environmental message is the conclusion that modern children can still find adventure when their parents are prepared to give them a little trust and freedom.

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    THOSE SNAKE ISLAND KIDS
    By Jon Tucker. Paperback, 0.25kg, 150mm x 230mm, 156 pages, black & white drawings. First Published 2012. This edition 2017

    Jake persuades his family to embark on a sailing-camping holiday on a small Tasmanian Island. Although he is mostly interested in Pirates and his home built-sailing dinghy, Jake's holiday goes astray when he finds himself, through unexpected events, in a situation which leave him isolated with his brother, sister and a couple of Kiwi kids on the island. Forced to dig deep into their personal reserves, the kids find that the treasures they all gain from their experiences are very different from the ones they all set out to find....

    Although essentially a work of fiction, this book is based on true events and real places. Snake Island does exist, uninhabited exactly as the maps in the book describe. The historical details are accurate and treasure hunters still, to this day, search for the missing gold

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