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  • Much Ado About Shakespeare
  • Mozart, the man behind the music
  • Flying Furballs: 6 BOOK SERIES
  • How Maui Fished Up The North Island
  • The Great Kiwi ABC Book
  • The Great Kiwi 123 Book
  • The Wheels on the Bus
  • Old MacDonald's Farm
  • Old MacDonald's Farm
  • The Looky Book
  • Little Bo Peep and More...
  • Pussycat Pussycat and More...
  • My First Board Book Series (6 books)
  • Fuzzy Doodle
  • Monkey Boy
  • Dinosaur Rescue: 8 BOOK SERIES
  • Dragon Knight: 6 BOOK SERIES
  • Three Bears Sort Of
  • Little Red Riding Hood ... Not Quite
  • We've Got A Boat
  • The Weather Machine
  • Dashing Dog
  • Northwood
  • Maddy West and the Tongue Taker
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  • Phoebe and the Night Creatures
  • The Story of Bo and the Circus that Wasn't
  • A Right Royal Christmas
  • Faithfully Mozart -the fantastic world of Wolfgang Armadeus Mozart
  • The Tuotara and the Skink
  • Wacko Kakapo
  • Mr Tanglewood and the Pungapeople

 

  

HOW MAUI FISHED UP THE NORTH ISLAND
Retold by Donovan Bixley
Hardcover and softcover, 2018
280 x 210mm (landscape), 24 pages
 
The legend of Maui has been reinvented for a whole new generation
of Kiwi children in How Maui Fished Up the North Island (Upstart Press)
the first title in the ‘Tales of Aotearoa’ series. Who better to do that than
Donovan Bixley, one of the country’s best-loved illustrators of children’s books?
In this fresh retelling, Donovan applies his unique twists and trademark humour
to this much-treasured story. “Initially I turned down the offer to write and
illustrate a book on Maui,” says Donovan. “He’s such an important part of
Pacific culture and I felt didn’t have the knowledge or the mana to take on
this legendary figure. But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to
bring my own interpretation.” Maui is reimagined as a cheeky younger brother,
on the type of hilarious fishing trip with the whanau that will be familiar to many
Kiwi youngsters. “I wanted my book to focus on the part of Maui who is
tinihanga and potiki – the smallest brother and cheeky trickster. He’s the type
of character a lot of children can connect with and I hope they are going to
really love reading this book because it has a lot of attitude in it.” Underneath
the fun, is a real desire to honour the cultural significance and importance
of Maui. Donovan worked under the guidance of Dr Darryn Joseph, who
also translated the te reo edition, along with Keri Opai. “Working with
Darryn really opened my eyes to some of the deeper layers and meaning
behind Maui’s story. Even though my version is aimed at young readers,
there are a lot of other layers of Maui’s story woven in.” Donovan hopes
his book will give readers insight into a new side of Maui they haven’t
seen before. “I absolutely adored illustrating this book. Every day on
this project was like escaping to wonderful place when the world was
fresh and colourful and new. I hope that it’s a world readers will want
to return to again and again too.”