Where else but in New Zealand would the phrase ``Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle'' be part of the lexicon?
AT THIS stage of what feels like a very long year, it's soothing to look at a book with pretty pictures that doesn't hurt your brain too much. Unfortunately, quite a few art books make your eyes water because the prose is so academic. The pictures may be great but the product is muddied by impenetrable English.
Two other books go in another direction. The Magpies revives Denis Glover's classic poem with illustrations by artist Dick Frizzell, in a reprint of an award-winning partnership.