A hilarious, lively picture book by two of the luminaries of New Zealand children’s books.

Absentminded Mister Whistler always has a song in his head and a dance in his feet. In a rush to catch the train, he is so distracted he loses his ticket. Is it in the bottom pockets of his big coat or the top pockets of his jacket? Perhaps he slipped it into his waistcoat... Where is Mister Whistler’s ticket?


Margaret Mahy is one of the world’s best and most famous children’s authors. She was born in 1936, and wrote her first story at the age of seven. She won numerous awards for her work, including the pretigious international Hans Christian Anderson award in 2006. Margaret lived in Governor’s Bay, New Zealand until her death in 2012.

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.


This is a fun story, with vivid and unusual pictures and an engaging character. We love it!

The Guardian

This sprightly, whimsical tale will induce plenty of giggles and start toes to tapping…This romp fits in beautifully with Mahy’s other wacky picture books.

Kirkus Reviews

This lively, cheerful book is the last published work by much loved New Zealand children’s author Margaret Mahy, who died 12 months ago. It is handsomely illustrated by her compatriot Gavin Bishop.

The Australian

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