Thursday, November 10, 2016

Māui - Sun Catcher . A modern retelling of beloved Māui myth in a bilingual hardback

Māui — Sun Catcher
By Tim Tipene
Illustrated by Zak Waipara and translated by Rob Ruha
Oratia Books
ISBN: 978-0-947506-14-8
RRP $24.99

A new telling of the Māui catching the sun myth is set to connect with young readers in English and Māori.

Award-winning author and illustrator team Tim Tipene and Zak Waipara set the modern Māui as a schoolboy who lives with his mother and four older brothers in a city where the day is never long enough to get things done.

Māui grasps the mantle:
Mum, I'm gonna catch that Sun for you.
That Sun who’s always on the run.
With their woven flax net, the brothers drive to the pit where the Sun lives, and make their play to slow the day.

The story is published in a full-colour hardback that brings Māui into the 21st century in vivid style.

About the authors:
Author Tim Tipene(Ngāti Kurī, Ngāti Whātua) is the award-winning author of nine other children’s books. A pioneering youth and self-defence counsellor, Tim lives with his family in West Auckland. Zak Waipara (Rongowhakataa, Ngāti Ruapani, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu), has illustrated and written for children’s books, comics, newspaper graphics, motion graphics and animations. Until recently he was programme leader of the Bachelor of Animation Degree at Animation College, Auckland. The Māori translation is by Rotorua-based musician and academic Rob Ruha.

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