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.
Monday, November 30, 2015
Gecko Press title gets rave review in The New York Times
Julia Marshall and her small Wellington team must be elated with this:
This is the kind of unexpectedly profound picture book that often prompts people to say, “That’s more for adults than for kids.” Certainly, many adults will appreciate its clever turnabouts and succinct wisdom, but I don’t think that makes “The King and the Sea” any less likely to connect with children. Its sly humor is ageless, for one thing. And its message about the necessity of compromise and the futility of making demands, in particular, is sure to resonate with that little control freak who lives inside even the sweetest child. What Janisch seems to understand exceptionally well is that children, who have so little power, are stealthy, determined students of it.