Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The Man from the Land of Fandango - Margaret Mahy's final book?
Here is the catalogue copy from UK publisher Frances Lincoln - publication due September
The man from the land of Fandango is coming to pay you a call! He wears a hat with a tassel and a polka-dot tie - and he juggles and bounces and dances with bears, bison, baboons, kangaroos and even dinosaurs. He's wonderful and amazing - so watch out for him, and watch carefully - because he only appears every 500 years!
This magical, fantastical poem, full of Mahy's signature wordplay and joie de vivre, is brilliantly matched by the humour and energy of Polly Dunbar's illustrations.
MARGARET MAHY is acknowledged all over the world as one of the outstanding children's writers of today, and has published over 200 titles. Twice winner of the Carnegie Medal, several of her titles have become modern classics. In 2006 she was presented with the Hans Christian Andersen medal, which is the highest international recognition granted to authors and illustrators of children's books. She lives in New Zealand. POLLY DUNBAR is an internationally acclaimed author and illustrator of picture books, including Dog Blue and the Tilly series (Walker Books). Her other titles for Frances Lincoln are Bubble Trouble, Down the Back of the Chair (with Margaret Mahy), Looking After Louis (9781845070830) and Measuring Angels (9781847800480). Polly lives in Brighton, Sussex.
Walker Books advise they will be releasing this title in New Zealand and Australia in October.