New Zealand authors are AWESOME!!

So if you stopped by yesterday, you will know that I am SUPER pumped that it is Spring here in New Zealand - and as such I'm having a giveaway!

Part of the prize up for grabs are your choice of two New Zealand books.  If we get to 100 followers by the end of the giveaway then I'll be giving away two prize packs - both with the candy and two New Zealand picture books.

I went shopping today and picked up these awesome New Zealand books.

Bruiser was written and illustrated by Gavin Bishop after the devastating earthquakes in a city here in Chirstchurch.  (Background - 185 people died in February 2011 in Christchurch after a major earthquake.  There was a larger earthquake a few months earlier that didn't cause as much chaos because of the time of the quake.  The February quake was especially bad because of the time of day, and the type.  Read more about it here - Christchurch Earthquake).  
ANYWAY - this book is great for boys. The illustrations and story are captivating.  Great read.

Haha - this is great.  The kid in this story notices he has a crack in his bum and goes on a quest to find a new one.  Anther great one for the boys!

This book comes with a bonus CD - AWESOME!!  Craig Smith has written this fun repetitive story/song.  It's all about the daddy zebra who eats an apple that has a fuzzy worm inside.  I wont spoil the story for you, but it's quite fun!!  Great for all kids, but I probably would use it for younger grades.

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy is a New Zealand classic.  As classic as apple pie, turkey for Thanksgiving.  As classic as peanut butter and jam.  Pretty much all New Zealand children grew up with this book - I know I did!!  The story follows Hairy Maclary as he goes on a walk and meets up with all his friends.  The book is full of rhyme and repetition, and is a great book for the younger grades.

Another book by the wonderful Craig Smith - and this one also comes with a CD!  I love this story.  It's all about a donkey, who has a series of ailments and things that make him VERY unique.  You can hear the song on the youtube clip below.  I would say this book is great for everyone, but especially those in upper grades, and even middle.  

When our class went to storylines earlier this year (check it out here) we met Gavin Bishop (who wrote the earlier book "Bruiser") and he told us about how he created the illustrations for this book.  The colour and illustrations in this book are spectacular - and the story is great too.  This book was also written in response to the Christchurch earthquake, and is about a cat who gets lost and loses their family.  Great for using as a mentor text (actually most of these books would be!) and it could be used in any grade level.

Well I hope you're as excited about these books as I am!  You get to choose two of these books if you win! AND if we get to 100 followers by the end of the giveaway I'll draw two winners!  

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  1. The titles of those books are awesome! "I Need A New Bum" haha :)
    I need to check out some of these authors. Thanks for sharing!

    Rooting for Third Grade

    1. Hey Kayla!
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing!! All the best with the draw - only 6 hours to go! I thought I was following you, but I wasn't - weird, oh well I am now!!
      Good luck


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