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.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
12 Huia Birds - FACT-BASED STORY BRINGS THE HUIA TO LIFE FOR YOUNG READERS
12 Huia Birds
By Julian Stokoe, illustrated by Stacy
Eyles Published by Oratia Books ISBN 978-0-947506-12-4 $24.99 hardback
The huia was
one of New Zealand’s most distinctive birds, and although it has now vanished,
it is by no means forgotten – witness a recent cameo appearance in the hit film
Hunt for the Wilderpeople.
In 12 Huia Birds, writer and animator
Julian Stokoe and illustrator Stacy Eyles conjure up the life of this beautiful
bird. Through gentle rhyme and striking imagery, the book tracks the bird’s
decline, from 12 huia birds playing in the forest, through the arrival of
humans and pests, to the last huia flying off into the sky.
subtly conveys an environmental message, and is a celebration rather than a
lament – for as it concludes, huia birds are alive and well in paintings, songs
and stories we tell.
picture book comes in a very giftable hardback edition, with vivid colour
illustrations. It is supported by an app, which links to educational resources
and games about the huia and other native birds.
About the author and illustrator
is a transmedia and animation director with a background in TV and design. He
is director of mobile media developer Yoozoo. Julian lives with his wife and
family in Laingholm, Auckland.
(Ngāti Porou) is an art director, artist, and award-winning illustrator based
in Wellington. He produces work in many different media, ranging from canvas
and murals to clothing and television.