Thursday, May 20, 2010

NZ Post Children's Book Awards

Congratulations to all the winners.
Of the short listed books my favourites were E3 Call Home,(non fiction) Banquo's Son and The Crossing.(young adult fiction) I would have been hard pressed to choose between the two young adult books if I had been a judge so as only one could win  I was happy with the judges decision.

The Crossing by Mandy Hager is set in an apocalyptic world where the elite set up a cult that  systematically abuses the followers.  Not for the faint-hearted, definitely a fourteen plus read.
However if you enjoy a novel with an historical theme then try TK Roxborough's Banquo's Son.

E3 Call Home, by Janet Hunt ticks all the boxes for a non--fiction picture book.  It tells a true story about two bar-tailed godwits, with beautiful photography, diagrams and accessible text.

As a minority of one I did not like "The Wonky Donkey," based as it was on an old drinking song, and a poor handicapped donkey that everyone can laugh at.  Unfortunately this did win children's choice, so check it out, you might love it! Just like Richard and Rhyna and not Alicia.

The overall winner Old Huhu is a beautifully presented book with charming pictures (except for the huhu beetles eyes) and was a popular choice. Click on To check out all the awards and runners up.

Review by Joanna Ponder


TK Roxborogh said...

Thanks so much Rona, for your kind words. I, too, was thrilled for Mandy and I wouldn't have been able to choose either. To be short-listed was a thrill for me (on my bucket list) and what great company.

Share your thoughts too re donkey book. Bit disturbing to be walking around the ghetto of student-ville (Dunedin) with my dogs and hear them singing the song.....

Glad for Kyle. He really was taken aback.

Next trip to said...

cheers, for your kind words, sorry it's taken a bit to get back to you - coffee is always good :)

CyrusD_Ar淑福 said...

thanks a lot..........................................


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