New Releases (26)

That's Good That's Bad

ISBN: 9783791374192

Author: Joan M Lexau    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

This vintage children’s classic about the power of storytelling is filled with eye-catching new reproductions of Aliki’s iconic illustrations. A boy is sitt...


This vintage children’s classic about the power of storytelling is filled with eye-catching new reproductions of Aliki’s iconic illustrations. A boy is sitting on a rock in the jungle when a tiger approaches him. “Run!” says the tiger, “or I will eat you!” But the boy is too tired to run and in order to avoid being eaten he tells the tiger a story. What follows is a thrilling tale that will captivate young readers just as thoroughly as it captivated the hungry tiger. Kids will enjoy waiting breathlessly for every flip of the page as the boy tells his story involving a rhinoceros and a crocodile. Originally published in 1963 and out of print for many years, this book by award-winning illustrator and author Aliki features fabulous vintage style illustrations. This new edition preserves the vivid colors of the original book while introducing a new generation of young readers to a skillfully told story-within-astory with a surprising and satisfying ending.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 40


Dimensions: 275 x 245 mm


Publication Date: 06-03-2020


Tags: New Release   March 2020
$38.99
Flower Power

ISBN: 9783791373997

Author: Christine Paxmann    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

Take on a magical journey through the world of healing flowers in this children's book by renowned artist Olaf Hajek. Olaf Hajek's fantastical and mesmerizing a...


Take on a magical journey through the world of healing flowers in this children's book by renowned artist Olaf Hajek. Olaf Hajek's fantastical and mesmerizing art is familiar to many adults. Now young readers can enjoy his work while learning about the fascinating health benefits of flowers they encounter every day. Hajek's paintings spring to life, populated by insects, birds, fruit, and fairytales that illustrate the drama of the natural world. Accompanying each painting are engaging texts that explore various cultural and medicinal aspects of the flowers as well as their importance to artists, writers, and healers. As they learn how iris roots were used to alleviate teething pain in babies and how poppy plants led to the invention of the salt shaker, kids will also get to know a garden's worth of blooms--from wild roses to carnations and peonies to marigolds. Kids will look at flowers in a whole new light and will delight in this beautiful keepsake of botanical illustrations by a celebrated artist.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 40


Dimensions: 260 x 350 mm


Publication Date: 16-03-2020


$45.00
The Book of Time

ISBN: 9783791374178

Author: Kathrin Koller    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

Unravel the mysteries of time, from the Maya calendar to Einstein’s wormholes, in this fun and fact-filled exploration for young readers. In this thought prov...


Unravel the mysteries of time, from the Maya calendar to Einstein’s wormholes, in this fun and fact-filled exploration for young readers. In this thought provoking book, curious readers will discover all kinds of fascinating information about how and why we think about time. Chapters on mythology discuss Chronos, Janus, and the legend of the Phoenix. Others look at how different cultures perceive time—as a straight line or in circles? Young readers will learn how animals and plants tell time, how the study of longitude and latitude is related to clocks, and why an hour used to last one hundred minutes. Along the way, they’ll encounter historic time pieces such as sundials, chronometers, and Al-Jazari’s famous 12th-century elephant clock. The book also invites readers to ponder important questions about what time means to us today: can you actually save time? Can you run out of it? And is it really better to accomplish more in less time? These concepts are introduced in accessible chapters and illustrated with vibrant drawings. Absorbing and worldenlarging, this elegant book explores a challenging concept in an engaging way that encourages discussion and further learning.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 112


Dimensions: 215 x 280 mm


Publication Date: 06-03-2020


$55.00
Miranda July

ISBN: 9783791385211

Author: Miranda July    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

From her early rarely seen Riot Grrrl-influenced fanzines and performances to a career that has produced seminal films, fiction, sculptures, public art, and eve...


From her early rarely seen Riot Grrrl-influenced fanzines and performances to a career that has produced seminal films, fiction, sculptures, public art, and even a smartphone app, Miranda July has proven adept at articulating the poignancy and humour of the human plight while also achieving enormous acclaim along the way. This chronological retrospective includes July's performance and video projects, award- winning films, digital multimedia, and written pieces which make clear the multidimensionality of her work. The book includes photography, stills, and archival ephemera and is narrated by friends, collaborators, curators, assistants, and audience members including David Byrne, Spike Jonze, Lena Dunham, Carrie Brownstein, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, as well as July herself. This behind-the-scenes commentary reveals an intimate perspective on the process, struggles, and grit involved in forging one's own path. What emerges is just how singular her voice is-from a movie narrated by an injured cat to a performance that builds an intentional community; from sculpture that engages the public to an interfaith charity shop in a London department store. July may be impossible to categorise, but the importance of her work and her status as an essential cultural icon with wide-ranging appeal is irrefutable.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 224


Dimensions: 235 x 285 mm


Publication Date: 14-04-2020


$120.00
The Seedling That Didn't Want To Grow

ISBN: 9783791374291

Author: Britta Teckentrup    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

This story about a reluctant seedling packs a powerful message about the benefits of being different. It’s early spring and below the earth’s surface seeds ...


This story about a reluctant seedling packs a powerful message about the benefits of being different. It’s early spring and below the earth’s surface seeds are just starting to sprout. One by one they stretch through the dirt and towards the sun, extending their shoots and leaves and growing tall. All except for one seedling, who isn’t quite ready. Each page of this gentle but powerfully evocative book demonstrates how some of us are different. As most of the seeds transform into strong flowers, they block out the sun from the one left behind. But the little seedling persists, twisting and turning until, with the help of bird and insect friends, it finds its own place to grow and blossom. In the end, this little seed turns into a flower that’s just as beautiful and healthy as all the others. Hailed by Publishers Weekly as “delicate, complex, extravagant, beautiful and strong,” Teckentrup’s inviting and softly colored illustrations provide the perfect backdrop for this moving tale about being unique while subtly teaching kids about the life cycle of plants. This book was produced climate neutral.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 40


Dimensions: 230 x 300 mm


Publication Date: 06-03-2020


$32.00
Living Paper

ISBN: 9789887928348

Author: Sendpoints    Publisher: Sendpoints

This book offers a glimpse into the culture of paper art and its mysterious creation, by introducing paper art from different aspects- from the invention of pap...


This book offers a glimpse into the culture of paper art and its mysterious creation, by introducing paper art from different aspects- from the invention of paper to various kinds of paper art across the world, the main techniques and tools of paper art creation, and the commonly used types of paper in the field. In addition, it mainly showcases contemporary paper art works that have highly integrated craftsmanship with creativity. It also breaks down the creation process of each work and discusses important subjects such as the application of paper art with paper artists and designers.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 256


Dimensions: 215 x 280 mm


Publication Date: 01-04-2020


$89.99
The Great Chocolate Cake Bake Off

ISBN: 9780473521714

Author: Philippa Werry    Publisher: Pipi Press

Nicholas wants to find one thing that he’s really good at. His friends are all good at something. His annoying next-door neighbour Ruby claims to be good at l...


Nicholas wants to find one thing that he’s really good at. His friends are all good at something. His annoying next-door neighbour Ruby claims to be good at lots of things. And then there’s Oliver Billington, who always wins everything. Perhaps he’s good at baking. Nicholas discovers he can bake delicious and impressive cakes. But are they delicious and impressive enough for The Great Chocolate Cake Bake-Off? He’s got his Top Secret Ingredient. That might help. But what if it runs out…


Bind: paperback


Pages: 296


Dimensions: 128 x 198 mm


Publication Date: 26-06-2020


$23.00
Enemy At The Gate

ISBN: 9780473521707

Author: Philippa Werry    Publisher: Pipi Press

A deadly disease is sweeping the world and nobody knows how to stop it. Movie theatres and swimming pools are shut and schools are closed. People are discourage...


A deadly disease is sweeping the world and nobody knows how to stop it. Movie theatres and swimming pools are shut and schools are closed. People are discouraged from gathering in large groups at the beach. Twelve-year-old Tom Mitchell can't even see his best friend Charlie. He wonders when the lockdown is ever going to end. And then things get worse. It might all sound familiar. But this is New Zealand in 1937-38. The disease is infantile paralysis, or polio, and nobody knows where it will strike next. When even the adults are afraid, Tom finds refuge in his dream – to run in the Olympics like his hero, Olympic champion Jack Lovelock.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 304


Dimensions: 128 x 198 mm


Publication Date: 26-06-2020


$23.00
Leading Lady : Eve Poole - A life in the spotlight

ISBN: 9780995132900

Author: Vivienne Allan    Publisher: Quentin Wilson Publishing

Articulate and intelligent, Eve Poole had a passion for the theatre and the arts. Her desire to protect one of Invercargill’s cultural icons led her into poli...


Articulate and intelligent, Eve Poole had a passion for the theatre and the arts. Her desire to protect one of Invercargill’s cultural icons led her into politics and she was elected as the city’s first woman mayor in 1983. Cath Tizard broke similar ground in Auckland that year – the two becoming trailblazers at each end of the country. As a member of the QEII Arts Council (later Creative New Zealand), Eve played an active role in encouraging the visual and performing arts across the country. She was equally at home on the stage as an actor and director; on hugely popular national TV shows such as Beauty and the Beast, and as a member of the NZ Committee on Women, an early forerunner of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, during the UN Decade for Women. She gained national prominence for her leadership when the 1984 floods ravaged her adopted city and the surrounding region. Vivienne Allan tells the story of her mother’s life with warmth and honesty, beginning with the struggle to find passage out of Germany in the 1930s. When war broke out Eve, still only 17 and living with her family in Tel Aviv, joined the British Army, serving as a driver in Egypt. There she met the New Zealander who was to become her husband and, after discharge, moved to Invercargill to raise their family with him. Eve’s practicality, determination and humanity saw her retain the mayoralty for four terms until her untimely death in 1992.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 448


Dimensions: 152 x 228 mm


Publication Date: 15-07-2020


$39.99
From Suffrage to a Seat in the House: The path to parliament for New Zealand women

ISBN: 9781988592268

Author: Jenny Coleman    Publisher: Otago University Press

New Zealand has always proudly worn its status of being the first country to enfranchise women. But not many know that it took a further 40 long years to get th...


New Zealand has always proudly worn its status of being the first country to enfranchise women. But not many know that it took a further 40 long years to get the first woman elected to Parliament. In fact women were not even entitled to stand as candidates in national elections until 1919 – 26 years after they won the right to vote in those elections. Even then there was resistance, with editor of the Auckland Star stating that it would open the way for ‘a class of aggressive females who, thirsting for publicity, would be constantly pushing themselves forward into positions for which they are in no sense fitted’. The journey ‘from the home to the House’ was a shamefully protracted one for New Zealand women, as many male parliamentarians who grudgingly accepted the franchise being extended to women staunchly resisted any further progress. Their political machinations and filibustering were highly effective. Eventually, with an additional 130,000 voters enrolled, politicians began to realise that women’s votes – and even women’s voices – mattered. However, it was not until 1933 that the first woman was elected to the New Zealand Parliament, when Elizabeth McCombs won the Lyttelton seat, following the death of her husband, the sitting MP. The history of women striving to share in governing the country, a neglected footnote in the nation’s electoral history, is now captured in this essential work by Jenny Coleman. She has drawn on a wide range of sources to create a rich portrayal of a rapidly evolving colonial society in which new ideas and social change were in constant friction with the status quo.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 338


Dimensions: 150 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 30-05-2020


$45.00
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