More funny stories and wry observations with the bestselling Snake and Lizard.
Two very different creatures learn about the give-and-take of friendship in this warm and funny story set in the desert. Snake is elegant and calm, and a little self-centred; Lizard is exuberant and irrepressible. With its wisdom, acceptance and good humour, Snake and Lizard captures the essence of friendship.
The stories are beautifully illustrated by Gavin Bishop in warm and clear colours of the desert.
Joy Cowley is one of New Zealand’s best-loved writers for children and adults, with an international reputation. She has won a multitude of awards and honours for her bestselling books, including the Prime Ministers Award for contribution to literature. She was shortlisted for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2018.
Gavin Bishop ONZM, Tainui, Ngati Awa, is a leading New Zealand illustrator. He has published over 70 books internationally and been translated into 12 languages. He has written for television and theatre, as well as a libretti for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. His awards include New Zealand Children’s Picture Book of the Year in 2000.
Joy Cowley’s witty narrative will keep young readers amused. Gavin Bishop’s colour illustrations capture the various moods of the stories. The desert creatures are sympathetically depicted warts and all – yes, there are toads – and his beautiful endpapers display a wide range of birdlife.
Much clever humour, and occasionally a small measure of sadness… Most deservedly a nominee for the NZ Children’s Book Awards.
Not a word out of place … in the tradition of Aesop’s fables but much funnier and a little bit more unexpected.
Radio New Zealand