Thursday, April 26, 2012
Two special kids books from NZ writers and illustrators coming next week from Walker Books
Farmer John’s Tractor
By Sally Sutton, Illustrated by Robyn Belton
Farmer John’s rusty old tractor lies locked in the shed. Rusty yet trusty and orangey-red. When the rain comes and the river rises, will Farmer John’s tractor be able to save the day?
Sally Sutton is an
playwright and children’s writer. Her first picture book, Crazy Kiwi Tops and
Tails, was published by Penguin in 2006. Sally has an M.A. (Hons) in German and
lives in Auckland Birkenhead with her husband and
daughter. Roadworks, her third picture book, won the Picture Book category at
the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards in 2009.
What a talent she is proving to be.
Robyn Belton is one of
best known and most celebrated children’s book illustrators. Her first book
with Joy Cowley, Greedy Cat (1983), established her in New Zealand New Zealand and the and their second
collaboration, The Duck in the Gun (1985), won her the Russell Clark Award in
1985. Robyn’s 1997 book with Jennifer Beck, The Bantam and the Soldier, won
both the Picture Book Category of the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards,
and the Book of the Year. United States
Robyn was the 2006 winner of the prestigious award for children's literature, the Margaret Mahy Medal. Farm,er John's Tractor is Robyn at her very best. Stunning.
Publication date: May 2012
By Elizabeth Pulford illustrated by Angus Gomes
Zara is broken. She’s in a coma, trapped in the world of her subconscious. A world of painful memories, distant voices and dark secrets. Secrets she has to unlock. Her life depends on it.
Elizabeth Pulford was born in
Hamilton, Canada, but was brought up in from the age of two.
She began writing in her early 40s. Since then her publications have included
articles, poetry, short stories in newspapers, magazines and on the radio. Many
of her adult short stories have won national competitions. Her children’s books
range from early readers through to YA novels - two of which have been
finalists for the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults.
New Zealand has
always loved books. In fact some of her best friends are books and she couldn’t
imagine life without them. Her previous titles with Walker Books are
Castlecliff & the Fossil Princess, Blackthorn, Blackthorn’s Betrayal and
Tussock, which was a finalist in the New Zealand Post Children’s
Book Awards, Junior Fiction category, 2011. Elizabeth
Angus Gomes is a freelance illustrator based in
was born in Auckland,
New Zealand Bombay, India,
and lived there until he was 10, before moving to . He studied a Bachelor
of Design for 4 years, majoring in Visual Communication, and immediately
started work as a graphic designer after graduating. He has an interest in
fashion illustration, people and animals. Broken is his first title with Walker
Books. New Zealand
Publication date: June 2012
AUS$ Price: $19.95
NZ$ Price: $21.99