The Book that Wouldn’t Read

The boy at the centre of Tim Tipene’s striking new story doesn’t like reading, until one day in the school library he picks up The Book That Wouldn’t Read. Suddenly the book takes on a life of its own — with sentences moving up and down, words changing colour and disappearing, and strange fonts and characters that get the reader jumping around, even burping.

His appeals to the teacher and friends get hushed because ‘it’s reading time,’ and before he knows it, he’s finished the book. ‘What should I read next?’

The Book That Wouldn’t Read takes the viewpoint of children who have reading struggles, with design guided by educators for appeal to reluctant or even dyslexic readers.

Written by Tim Tipene and illustrated by Nicoletta Benella


$25.99 incl. GST

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Read NZ author interview:

What sparked the idea to create such a different kind of reading experience?

Reading was a challenge for me at school. I wanted to capture the feelings and experience of being faced with what is a daunting task for many children, and to do so in a fun and creative way. Instead of focusing on the child having the difficulty, I decided to have the book take on the role as the reluctant reader. Read the full interview.

Join Suzy Cato as she reads The Book That Wouldn’t Read on TreehutTV.

Meet the Kiwi author

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

Additional information

Dimensions 27 × 21 cm

Hardcover edition

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Published by

Oratia Books

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