The Mouse and the Octopus

Author(s): Lisala Halapua

NZ Picture Books | Pasifika Picture Books

This children's picture book tells an old Tongan fable about a mischievous mouse and an unwitting octopus. An origin story, its illustrations take the reader from a Tongan forest to the edge of a fringing reef.


The story is a parable to teach fishing lure design and exemplifies the knowledge contained within island communities. It also teaches children how the environment sustains us, fostering an appreciation for the Pacific's unique ecosystem and the need for its preservation.


12 full page illustrations, with small ink drawings that accompany the text.

$26.00(NZD)

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Product Information

Shortlisted for theĀ  NZ Childrens & Young Adult Picture Book Award 2017

General Fields

  • : 9780473380168
  • : Talanoa Books Ltd
  • : Talanoa Books Ltd
  • : February 2017
  • : 230mm X 247mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Lisala Halapua
  • : 26
  • : 12
  • : Lisala Halapua
  • : Paperback