Pipi and Pou and the River Monster

Pipi and Pou want to spend the day reading but Nana says they have to go up north – someone needs their help.

Yet when they get there, instead of being greeted as heroes something attacks them! With danger coming from every direction, how can they work together so they can get out alive?

Join Pipi, Pou, and Nana – kaitiaki with a superhero difference – as they journey to the river’s edge, make unusual friends, and try to
keep their powers hidden from a surprising source of help.

Written by Tim Tipene and illustrated by Isobel Te Aho-White


$22.00 incl. GST

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An exciting junior fiction series featuring large print and 1-2 black and white illustrations per chapter. For readers aged 6-8.


The Sapling ~ Tim Tipene’s latest foray into junior fiction introduces us to the delightful world of cousins Pipi and Pou and their kuia Nana, and the adventures this trio of kaitiaki get up to. Nana is a tohunga in touch with the natural world; on command, Pipi has the ability to turn into a Pouākai (Haast’s eagle), and Pou can turn into a taniwha.

Nana is whip smart and bolshy, and her many witty one-liners made her, by far, my favourite character. One of her best lines comes when Pou asks how she could possibly have communicated to Tāwhiri-mātea, the god of wind:

‘“Was he here?” Pou questioned. He walked to the corner of the house to check the driveway for any sign of a visiting car.

“He’s the father of wind, boy!” Nana frowned. “He’s not driving around in a BMW!”’ Read the full review.

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Meet the Kiwi author

Tim Tipene authorFind out more about award-winning author Tim Tipene on his author profile.

Isobel Te Aho-White is a young but experienced illustrator. Izzy says: “My personal artwork is definitely about connecting people with each other and with nature … uplifting people, especially young women, and raising understanding and compassion toward people that are struggling in life.” Izzy’s works include The Story of Rangi and Papa (Zine) and Io Wahine (Zine).

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Dimensions19.8 × 14.3 cm

Paperback edition

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Published by

Oratia Books

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