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The night the moon fell down and other poems

by Bill Nagelkerke

ISBN 9780473489212

The CopyPress NZ

 

 

Bill Nagelkerke’s book of poetry is full of poems to delight the reader. His poems appeal to young readers for their cleverness, humour and fun. Many have been published before in the School Journal and various publications and books.

The haiku on the back cover shows us his ability to take an everyday image and give it a fresh new look so that we are caught surprised by its depth and beauty.

 

plane trail

ruling a line beneath the moon

brush-stroking the sky

 

Some poems fit perfectly in the New Zealand landscape and others reach beyond time and space. Each poem is carefully thought out; words have been chosen for their meanings and impact, whether for fun or to leave the reader thinking beyond the end of the poem.

Each poem comes with its own illustration.

My favourite is the poem Rain but I’ll leave that one for you to read when you look for a copy of this book. A good book for teachers to use in class, not just for reading poems aloud, but for encouraging student’s own creative writing. Different styles, different subjects, different poems, all worth reading and sharing.

A great choice for school libraries.

Bill, apart from being a poet and author, also a translates books from Dutch to English, most notably for Gecko Press children’s books. He was awarded the Storylines Margaret Mahy Award for his distinguished contribution to New Zealand children’s literature and literacy in 2013.

 

Franky

By Leo Timmers

ISBN 9781927271940

Gecko Press

Translated by Bill Nagelkerke

Franky cover

Leo Timmers is an award winning writer and illustrator and with his latest book Franky it is not hard to see why. This will surely be another winner.

“Sam loves robots. He is certain they live in outer space among the stars. Everyone laughs at him. No one understands him. No one except for Franky, that is…”

Timmers illustrations are quite detailed with heaps to ponder over but not too busy as to be a distraction. The colours are bright and bold and just perfect for young readers.  Franky and Sam have the most delightful facial expressions where their personalities shine through. Not always easy to do in children’s picture books but here Timmers does it brilliantly. This is a fun read about robots, imagination and creativity and holding on to your beliefs even when no one believes you.

A great wee read for pre-school children  but I can also see this picture book being used in schools, particularly in junior classes,  as part of the new makerspace programs.  Makerspace activities have much to do with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and this delightful book has Sam doing all that.

Sam thinks about what he wants, uses items around the house, and then with determination, creates his robot. What happens to the robot – well – you just need to get hold of the book. It is bound to become a firm favourite with young ones.

 

 

Franky p4

 

Where is Rusty?

By Sieb Posthuma

Translated by Bill Nagelkerke

ISBN 9781927271469

Gecko Press

 

rusty (Small)

Rusty, Henrietta, Toby and Rusty’s mum hop on a bus and go in to town. The department store they enter is busy so like any caring mum, Rusty’s mother asks them all “So what do we do?”

“We all stay together” they chant. And of course like any good story – someone doesn’t listen.  Yes! Rusty is just a little too curious for his own good and ends up getting lost. Upon hearing some guards discussing what they will do to stray dogs, Rusty flees through the ventilation pipes where it is dark and scary. Will he find his way back? Has his family even noticed he has gone missing?

Bright colours, and quirky illustrations, Rusty’s  little adventure will definitely delight younger children.

The field (ebook)
by Bill Nagelkerke

Achucka books
Jacinta is receiving messages from Mary. Yes! That Mary, the Mother of God!
To quote the blurb;
“How on earth do you tell your family that you’ve seen . . .
. . . Our Lady . . .
. . . The Virgin Mary . . .
. . . The Queen of Heaven . . .
. . . The Mother of God. (The Mother of GOD!)
And that she has spoken to you.
And that she is going to speak to you again.
Up in the Crow’s Nest.
Tomorrow.
And that is why you had to be there.
(And that’s why you’d wet yourself.)”

Sounds like another great read from our very own Christchurch writer, Bill Nagelkerke. It is a pleasure to be able to showcase the trailer for his latest book.