“Curiously good books from around the world.”
Gecko Press is a small impressive one person publishing outfit based in Wellington, NZ.
Julia Marshall set up Gecko Press in 2005 to be a children’s publisher specializing in acquiring English language rights in beautiful children’s books published in other languages by well-established authors.
They are then translated into English and published here in New Zealand.
Here are six Gecko Press titles all published recently, every one of them a gem.
By Barbro Lindgren, illustrated by Eva Eriksson
Hardback - $14.99
Translated from Swedish these are perfect first books for toddlers and fun to read aloud. Charming little books featuring Max, an independent character who is full of energy and ideas.
Satoru Onishi - Paper $18.99- Hardcover $29.99
From Japan comes this fun, interactive title that teaches counting, colours, recognizing emotion, and the names of animals all in a non-teachy manner. Features 18 fun-loving animals.
Helga Bansch – Paper $18.99 Hardcover $29.99
And from Austrian award winning author/illustrator comes a simple leaving home story about a raven who doesn’t fit in but finds his place in the world. Truly wonderful bold & exuberant illustrations.
Paper $21.99 Hardback $29.99
What a treasure. A collection of touching and funny nursery verses in English and original languages from 22 different countries, all beautifully illustrated by the exciting young UK artist Monique Moriuchi using mainly textured paint and collage.
A valuable resource for early childhood educators providing an introduction to the look and sound of other languages as well as art, poetry and geography curricular.
Ulf Stark $16.99
And for older children (10+) from an award-winning Swedish author, whose books have been published into more than 20 languages, comes a humorous bittersweet novel about friendship and love over a summer holiday.
Gecko Press can be checked out on their website – http://www.geckopress.com/. Their titles are distributed in New Zealand by Random House.