The Gobbledegook Book: A Joy Cowley Anthology

Illustrator: Giselle Clarkson

Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: Gecko Press

Age 3+

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Joy Cowley’s favourite stories, poems and nonsense rhymes collected in a hardback gift volume for the family to treasure.

The Gobbledegook Book collects Joy Cowley's favourites in a beautiful hardback picture-book volume that will become a family treasure. It selects the best of Cowley's poems and stories to read aloud, including much-loved classics such as Greedy Cat and Nicketty-Nacketty Noo Noo Noo. Fully re-illustrated with humour and energy by newcomer Giselle Clarkson, these short stories, picture books and funny poems will bring joy to a new generation.


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 best-selling books, including the Prime Minister's Award for contribution to literature. She was shortlisted for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2018.

Giselle Clarkson is an illustrator and comic artist based in Wellington, New Zealand. Her first book was The Secret World of Butterflies with Courtney Sina Merdith, released in 2018.


Cowley’s text is pitch perfect as always, a master of rhythm and rhyme and the ability to take small everyday moments and make them special…Every one is a pleasure to read aloud, with marvelous language to twist around your tongue and commit to memory while you smile at those gorgeous illustrations.


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