Magpies magazine ~ “This is a multi-layered, sophisticated search-and-find book, one that will draw readers back to its pages many times to pore over its hidden detail. The illustrations evoke a strong sense of place with immediately recognisable New Zealand flora and fauna. There is playful detail in the red band gumboots at the bottom of the stairs, the cob-webbed garden shed, and the kahu with its roadkill. The distinctive wooden houses in the garden and on the edge of town, the tangle of power lines, and old batten and wire farm fences further ground the images to place. The wide-ranging selection of habitats encourages investigation of places we may otherwise overlook—leaf litter and under the pier of the city harbour for example. The inclusion of a road cone in the latter scene is perhaps a nod to the problem of pollution. The spread of the nature reserve with images of a stoat, trap, and rabbit in the foreground reminds the reader of the dangers posed to our wildlife, as do the cat, hedgehog and the possum in the night garden.” Read the full review.
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