A kids’s e-book with a way of magic and affirmation of the truths of mataurangi and te ao Maori earned creator Gavin Bishop the fifth Margaret Mahy E book of the Yr award.
Along with successful E book of the Yr for Atua: Maori Gods and Heroes at a ceremony in Wellington on Wednesday evening, the e-book additionally gained the Elsie Locke Award for Nonfiction and the Russell Clarke Award for Illustration.
“Atua is an immediate basic that must be in each kiwi household and library, packaged in superb manufacturing values,” mentioned Choose Pauline (Waeluaga) Smith.
“The e-book is rather more than an inventory of gods and legendary heroes—it’s a household tree offered with energy and ease,” Smith mentioned.
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“The textual content isn’t overestimated, and the magnificence of the illustrations is the principle mode of storytelling, rewarding the reader who research them carefully.”
Bishop, from Christchurch, has gained the prize extra usually than his namesake Margaret Mayhey, who has gained the highest honor twice.
He final gained the highest prize in 2018 for his e-book Aotearoa: A New Zealand Story. He has written and illustrated over 60 books.
Bishop was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Benefit in 2013 and Honorary President of the New Zealand Society of Authors.
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