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.
Download a PDF of the colouring pages from Pipi and Pou and the River Monster.
Meet the Kiwi author
Find 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).