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The House That Jack Built

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"Beautifully illustrated version of a classic"
5 stars"
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"Great Children's book with Maori culture focus."
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A masterly version of a familiar nursery rhyme with a gentle understanding of the forces operating on each side of the Treaty. A delightful marriage of European story and Maori myth and legend. Superbly illustrated with Gavin Bishop's outstan­ding skill, imagination and flair.


The House that Jack Built is a book with two strands. The main rhythmic text, based on the well-known rhyme, tells the story of Jack Bull, who travels to New Zealand from London as a new settler in 1798.   The illustrations tell the story from a Māori perspective—beginning with the creation story of Papatūānuku and Ranginui and showing the changing environment and cultural impact.   The juxtaposition tells a poignant and thought-provoking story of colonisation.

Author Biography:

Gavin Bishop ONZM, Tainui, Ngāti Awa, is a leading New Zealand illustrator. He has published over 70 books internationally and been translated into 12 languages. He has written for television and theatre, as well as a libretti for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. His awards include New Zealand Children’s Picture Book of the Year in 1982, 1994, 2000 and 2013. In 2019, he was named the winner of the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement – Non Fiction.
Release date NZ
February 1st, 2012
  • Children / Juvenile
colour illustrations
Interest Age
From 4 years
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