- Winner of the Russell Clark Medal
This is a book for the very young with brightly coloured pictures and robust pages.
"A sturdy board book that because of the vertical format my two-year-old granddaughter calls her "long book". Beautiful illustrations and lots to talk about and enjoy with young readers." – H.S. Storylines Book List Nov. 2009
A third in the series of Maori myths for children this book is a companion to TAMING THE SUN and RIDING THE WAVES. The four stories in this book are “Mother Earth and Father Sky”, “The Battle of the Birds”, “Kae and the Whale” and “Hinemoa and Tutanekai”.Aimed at children 4-10 years, these myths are simply yet elegantly written. The illustrations are stunning - the different colour palette for each story and the strong mix of techniques create bold and beautiful images that integrate with the words in a powerful and meaningful way.
"A welcome follow-up to Taming the Sun and Riding the Waves. As always, a joy to hold and behold." – A.C. Storylines Book List Nov. 2009
Further witty and heart-warming stories about the ups and downs of a friendship between Snake and Lizard who live in the Arizona Desert.
"Joy Cowley and Gavin Bishop are back with Friends, a worthy sequel to their Snake and Lizard, which won the 2008 NZ Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults Book of the Year. Cowley's funny, touching stories develop a whole cast of memorable characters around the two central desert-dwellers, whose lively, occasionally testy friendship embodies a wealth of wisdom about how to live with other people. Bishop's simple pictures are amazingly expressive." – 50 Best Children's Books of 2009, The Listener, December 2009
"Tremendous… Some of the most beautiful artwork I’ve seen from Gavin Bishop. The colours are saturated and beautiful, the miniatures are fantastic... The illustrations and the text are working beautifully together, never repeating each other but enlarging each other… I think it’s a genius book – the writer and illustrator are at the top of their game." – Kate de Goldi, Radio NZ, November 2009
"A wonderfully New Zealand-centric Christmas story." – A.C. Storylines Book List Nov. 2009
This story is based on the real life of Katarina (Catherine) McKay, 1842-1935 and has special meaning for the author. Katarina was Gavin Bishop's great-aunt and her brother Banjo was his grandfather.
In the winter of 1861, Katarina, a young Maori woman, leaves her tribal home in the North Island of New Zealand and travels south to join her Scottish husband in the far south of the South Island.
In 1863 Governor Grey begins his assault on the Waikato, Katarina's home, in an attempt to force the Waikato Maori to give up more of their land to European settlers. Katarina's contact with her northern family is gradually lost until her brother Banjo suddenly joins her
“The story of Bishop's great-aunt has fascinated him since he heard as a child of the journey of his Tainui tupuna from the Waikato to Fortrose in Southland...
In this picture book for older children Gavin Bishop beautifully mixes Maori and Pakeha in text and picture... Maori words and concepts fit easily into the English sentence structure, conveying that blend found in the speech of many older Maori, and extending the reader's knowledge too...This book...adds another significant story to our bicultural history.” - Ann Packer, Wellington Evening Post, NZ, January 1991
“Katarina is a story of love, courage and hope...This is a history far more exciting than anything found in a text book.” - Ann Packer, Wellington Evening Post, NZ, January 1991
Growing up in Kingston, beside Lake Wakatipu on a diet of girdle scones, marmite sandwiches and roast mutton.
Gavin Bishop's memories are classic Kiwi fare, and the subject of this beautiful and fascinating book.
Dear Gavin, I'm delighted to see that Piano Rock's shortlisted. It has some of the loveliest plain strong prose I've read in ages. I read it at Christmas when my daughter gave it to me, and have just enjoyed re-reading it. It's not often we see emotion well-earned. Best wishes for the finals. - Hooray, Jack Lasenby
"This gem of a book captures five years spent in the railway town of Kingston. Tiny details embroider this record of a simpler time – roast mutton and girdle scones, a royal visit, Guy Fawkes night and the smells associated with a new baby are all faithfully recorded." – Ann Packer, The Press Nov 1st 2008
"Gavin has again been handsomely served by his publisher. Hard cover, quality paper and a classy design all combine to showcase the elegiac text and abundant illustrations, both in black and white and colour." - Tessa Duder, Australian Women's Weekly Nov. 2008
"PIANO ROCK is a little package of pleasure – for its intended audience but also for baby-boomers, especially those who grew up in rural New Zealand." – Anna Rogers, NZ Books, Winter 2009
Witty and heart-warming stories about the ups and downs of a friendship between Snake and Lizard who live in the Arizona Desert.
A board book for babies and the very young of the traditional English rhyme illustrated with bright, lively and funny pictures.
The vertical format of the book reflects the influence of “The Flight of the Old Woman who was Tossed Up in a Basket”, etched by Aliquis, London, published by D. Bogue, 1844. A process that combines monoprint and over-painting with acrylic paint was used to produce Gavin Bishop’s illustrations.