"The journey is fraught with danger as they meet rataphobia from humming beans (human beings) and have to conquer the Sunsweep Lake full of rat eating eels, the Bottomless bog, the Forest of Perilous Pines and the swing bridge. But will they find Ratenburg?
Gavin Bishop, who is well acquainted with rats, illustrates superbly, capturing important moments and characters, with his black and white pen and ink drawings."
- Bob Docherty
Written as a sequel to Quaky Cat 2010
“In memory of the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, Quaky Cat Helps Out is a tribute to the brave children and families who have opened their hearts and homes to help a broken city”.
"When you pick up this solid little book you know Gavin Bishop is saying, “Come on in. Make yourselves at home”. We had a hint that Gavin could write a book like this after Piano Rock but in this novel he has taken it to a new level. It is quite simply superb!
Naturally the book is autobiographical. The title tells you that and what a fantastic way to tell it.
This novel is for everyone. Grand parents should read it to their grand children and parents read it because it is wonderful. Do yourself a favour and read it."
Gavin Bishop’s illustrations for Mister Whistler are my favourite of all of his work. There’s so much joy and energy in the illustrations and you can see it bursting out of Mister Whistler, who is always smiling. I love the way that Gavin has made the story flow from one page to the next, both my Mister Whistler’s dancing body and the musical notes which follow him.
Mister Whistler himself is quite gangly and I love the way that Gavin has him throwing his long limbs all over the place as he dances.
Gavin’s use of colour is spectacular, from Mister Whistler’s blue, checked trousers and very loud wall-paper, to the flaming sunrise in the background. Gavin has added a real spark to Mister Whistler’s character too by giving him a crazy dress sense. – Zac Harding
Published by Gecko Press 2012 | ISBN Hardback: 978-1-877467-91-2
"High quality picture book sequel to Bruiser. Big bold illustrations of Bruiser that bring out his character are a highlight. Bruiser is a good citizen and I doubt that we have heard the last of him.
Great boy appeal but this title is for everybody."
What will Jojo and Brett do about their pet grumpysaurus? Why is Zamforan the dragon living in the library? Can ex-pirate Billy Castor drive without his lucky feather?Will Jack escape the woggly hole that follows him everywhere? And why is a horse riding the escalator?
"This is a delightful collection of whimsical stories and tall tales for four to six year olds from the inimitable Joy Cowley. Short enough for reading aloud with young children (even those slightly younger than four) yet challenging and interesting for older children to read alone. The tales are tightly woven, brimming with fantastical creatures and magical occurrences."
Published by Gecko Press 2011 | ISBN Paperback: 978-1-86979-451-4 | ISBN Hardback: ISBN 978-1-87746-786-8ISBN Paperback: ISBN 978-1-87746-767-7 Full colour picture book, 91 pages
Bruiser tells the story of the eponymous bulldozer who ploughs through hills, crushes rocks, tears up forests and flattens a paddock of daffodils, until a baby bird makes him understand the error of his destructive ways.“The language is robust while the digger displays possibly the most convincing emotions ever seen in picture books – and all faithful to the mechanical structure. Not just for boys.”
Published by Random House NZ Ltd 2011 | ISBN Paperback: 978-1-86979-451-4
| ISBN Hardback: 978 1 86979 449 1
Full colour picture book, 32 pages | Page size: 245 x 260mm | Level: 2-5 years
“A lovely picture book aimed at 1-4 year olds, with bright colours and big writing, Cowshed Springtime is a great way to teach your child to count to 10 and make all the “animal noises”. For instance we have two jersey calves, moo moo, with a huge numeral 2 at the top of the page, and seven spotty piglets, oink oink. At the end they all get together for a bit of a party then it’s night night. A simple story that children will find easy to understand. Perfect bedtime reading.”
Published by Random House NZ Ltd 2010 | ISBN Paperback: 978-1-86979-366-1 | 32 page picture book
Quaky Cat is an evocative, uplifting story that will touch the hearts of all who read it.It includes endorsements by Margaret Mahy, Jason Gunn and Mayor Bob Parker.Scholastic will donate 50% of net proceeds from the sales of this book to Canterbury charities.Diana Noonan will donate all her royalties from this book to the Christchurch Women’s Refuge.Gavin Bishop will donate all his royalties to Te Tai Tamariki Charitable Trust for the Preservation of New Zealand Children’s Literature.
Published by Scholastic NZ Ltd 2010 | ISBN Paperback: 978-1-77543-029-2 | Full colour picture book, 32 pages