First, a heart-warming story - with lots of fun wordplay - about a grumpy farmer whose animals keep him awake at night singing and dancing by the light of the moon. Eventually he is won over by the moon and the animals and learns how to be happy. Classic Margaret Mahy!
Secondly, marvellous illustrations that will delight children and their parents - and that take the story to another level. David Elliot returns to picture book illustration with a gem of a book.
Added to this are beautiful book production values with die cuts and fold-out pages. A must-have gift for every child.
Margaret Mahy is a much-awarded international children's writer of great note and David Elliot has illustrated a number of picture books and junior fiction titles in New Zealand and the United States.
From the NZ Post Children's Award
“From its breathtakingly high production standards to its delightful message of taking time out to enjoy life, The Moon & Farmer McPhee is an absolute treasure,” said New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards convenor of judges, Ruth McIntyre.
“The sheer poetry of the language and the gorgeous luminous illustrations each magnificently complements the other. Thoughtful details such as the artfully placed cut-outs and fold-out pages, the joyful expressions on the animals’ faces, the lovely word-play and the positive message all add to the complete package,” McIntyre says.
A heart-warming story, with lots of fun wordplay and glorious illustrations, The Moon and Farmer McPhee is about a grumpy farmer whose animals keep him awake at night singing and dancing by the light of the moon. Eventually he is won over by the moon and the animals and learns how to have fun.
Deputy Publishing Director Jenny Hellen said, “We’re absolutely delighted. David and Margaret are a dream team, and we were honoured to be able to work with them to produce this stunning book which will delight children and adults for generations to come. It’s a classic.”
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