Storylines: Children’s Literature Foundation of New Zealand Notable New Zealand Books 2008

Christchurch City Libraries lists literary prize winners and links to catalogue searches, but we may not hold copies of all titles mentioned.

The list of Notable Books was established in 1999 to reflect the wide-ranging achievements of New Zealand authors and illustrators. It appears in February each year. The CLFNZ Notable Books list allows for the inclusion of picture books with offshore illustrators as well as anthologies.

The list comprises 10 books in each of four categories: picture books, junior and young adult fiction. In non-fiction the judges named only nine books.

Picture books

GoannaIs Your Grandmother a Goanna?
Pamela Allen. Penguin Australia
The Bean’s Story
Tatiana Aslund; artwork by Vasanti Unka. Scholastic New Zealand
Gavin Bishop. Random House New Zealand
Hairy Maclary’s Hat Tricks
Lynley Dodd. Mallinson Rendel
Dad’s Takeaways
Melanie Drewery; illustrated by Christopher White. Mallinson Rendel
The Grumble Rumble Mumbler
Melanie Drewery, illustration and design by Loudmouth Productions. Huia Publishers
TahiTahi: One Lucky Kiwi
Melanie Drewery, designed and illustrated by John O’Reilly and Ali Teo. Random House New Zealand
Mere McKaskill’s Boil-up
Tracy Duncan. Reed Children’s Books (now Raupo Publishing)
No Room for a Mouse
Kyle Mewburn, illustrated by Freya Blackwood. Scholastic Australia
The Puppet Box
Moira Wairama, illustrated by Bruce Potter. Scholastic New Zealand

Junior fiction

Snake and Lizard
Joy Cowley, illustrated by Gavin Bishop. Gecko Press
Mad tadpoleThe Mad Tadpole Adventure
Melanie Drewery, illustrated by Jenny Cooper. Scholastic New Zealand
The Dumpster Saga
Craig Harrison. Scholastic New Zealand
Shadows in the Ice
Des Hunt. HarperCollins New Zealand
Dead Dan’s Dee
Phyllis Johnston. Longacre Press
What Happened that Day
Marie Langley. Reed (now Raupo Publishing)
Taking Off
Janice Marriott. HarperCollins New Zealand
Yo Shark bait!Yo, Shark Bait!
Vicki Simpson. Scholastic New Zealand
Archie’s Adventures
Leonie Jayne Thorpe. HarperCollins New Zealand
The Great Chocolate Cake Bake-off
Philippa Werry. Scholastic New Zealand

Young adult fiction

The Transformation of Minna Hargreaves
Fleur Beale. Random House New Zealand
Monsters of Blood and Honour
Ken Catran. Random House New Zealand
Maurice Gee. Penguin Books
In Too Deep
D.C. Grant. Scholastic New Zealand
Mandy Hager. Random House New Zealand
Time of the Eagle
Sherryl Jordan. Simon & Schuster
Losing It
Sandy McKay. Longacre Press
The Sea-wreck Stranger
Anna Mackenzie. Longacre Press
Lorraine Orman. Longacre Press
Penelope Todd. Longacre Press


Draw New Zealand Birds
Heather Arnold; photographs by Geoff Moon and Rod Morris. Reed (now Raupo Publishing)
Weather watchWeather Watch New Zealand
Sandra Carrod. Reed (now Raupo Publishing)
The Dalai Lama Story
Andrew Crowe. Longacre Press
Which New Zealand Spider?
Andrew Crowe. Penguin Books
Rachael Goddard, photographs by Cheryl Reynolds, illustrated by Moira Corridan. Reed (now Raupo Publishing)
Reaching the Summit: Sir Edmund Hillary’s Story
Alexa Johnston with David Larsen. Puffin Books
Poetry Pudding: A Delicious Collection of Rhyme and Wit
edited by Jenny Argante, illustrated by Debbie Tipuna. Reed (now Raupo Publishing)
Illustrated History of Antarctica
Marcia Stenson. Random House New Zealand
What is …What Is a … ? series
Feana Tu’akoi, designed by Vasanti Unka. Scholastic New Zealand.

The judging panel would like to make special mention of Illustrated Myths and Legends of the Pacific by AW Reed, illustrated by Jenny Cooper, published by Reed (now Raupo Publishing). The stories were first published in 1969 as Fairy Tales from the Pacific Islands. The panel considers this edition, with new illustrations, to be a treasure for New Zealand children.