Author(s): Kate De Goldi; Susan Paris
Annual 2 contains all-new material for 9- to- 13-year-olds. The result is a highly original, contemporary take on the much-loved annuals of the past - all in one beautiful package.
Alongside familiar names publishing for children - Gavin Mouldey, Sarah Johnson, Ben Galbraith, Barry Faville, Giselle Clarkson, and Gregory O'Brien - you'll find the unexpected, including a new song by Bic Runga, a small-town mystery by Paul Thomas, and a classic New Zealand comic illustrated by new talent Henry Christian Slane.
Smart and packed with content, a book for the whole family.
Annual is back and stuffed to the gunwales with more excellent writing and illustration from across Aotearoa. There are craft projects (who hasn't wanted to make a balloon letterbox or knit their own digestive system?), a new boardgame, and a recipe for cosmic pancakes as well. Sarah Forster at The Sapling has a great review here.
Aimed a little more towards the top end of the 8-13 age range this time (my well-read 6 year old nephew loved the first book but may need some help with this one), it's a book to read again and again and the perfect gift for a family.
What people said about last year’s Annual:
'Sometimes it feels like it was made in crazy town – but in a good way!' –Daniel Lovewell (aged 9) and Gemma Lovewell (aged 11)
'The hero book of the year.' – John McIntyre, Children’s Bookshop, Wellington
'What a feast! The great-grandchildren loved it!' – Joy Cowley
About the editors
Kate De Goldi has been reviewing and discussing children’s literature on National Radio for the last 18 years. She works with children and teachers in schools throughout New Zealand, promoting reading and teaching creative writing. She is a regular speaker on children’s literature at conferences and festivals. She writes fiction for all ages and has published 10 books.
Susan Paris has 18 years experience in publishing, and has been editor of the School Journal for over a decade, producing more than 40 Journals. Under her stewardship, the School Journal has won Best Publication in New Zealand educational publishing for the last three years. Susan has a long-term immersion in children’s literature, as reviewer and writer. She has written more than 40 chapter books for the international education market.