Margaret Mahy

The Mahy Questionnaire: Elena de Roo

Another month, another Mahy Questionnaire! This time we’re featuring former librarian and award-winning writer and poet Elena de Roo. Her latest title Ring Ting Tūī—a cheeky rhyming counting book—is out now! Read on to find out Elena’s takes on rollercoaster-like…

The Mahy Questionnaire: Gillian Torckler

Gillian Torckler has many beautiful books under her belt, the latest being Dinner with Grandpa, illustrated by Nikki Slade Robinson (Duck Creek Press). She gives us her answers to our world-famous-in-New Zealand (okay maybe just semi-famous on The Sapling) Margaret…

The Mahy Questionnaire: Brian Falkner

You know it, you love it – it’s the Mahy Questionnaire! This month we are featuring award-winning author and internationally acclaimed writing coach Brian Falkner! His most recent title, Andromeda Bond in Trouble Deep (sequel to Brainjack) was a finalist…

The Sampling: There’s a King in the Cupboard

By Margaret Mahy Margaret Mahy’s classic is given a new lease of life with this new edition of the book, beautifully illustrated by the 2021 winner of the Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize, Minrui Yang. Check out an excerpt below! There’s…

The Mahy Questionnaire: Dahlia Malaeulu

This month’s Mahy Questionnaire is here, and this time we have award-winning author, publisher, and creator of Mila’s Books, Dahlia Malaeulu, with us! Read on to hear Dahlia’s takes on all things Mahy-related, including hauntings, changeovers, and what to do…

The Mahy Questionnaire: Eileen Merriman

Here’s a fresh bit of your Margaret Mahy Questionnaire goodness, featuring award-winning novelist, short story, and flash fiction writer Eileen Merriman! Read on to find out her takes on shadow-sitting, barefoot beach walks, and pleasant-smelling, elegant giraffes. And when you’re…

The Mahy Questionnaire: Sandra Morris

You know it, you love it – it’s the Mahy Questionnaire! This month we are featuring award-winning author and illustrator Sandra Morris. Read on to find out her takes on 6 a.m. river walks, dancing with flora and fauna, and…

Revitalising The Boy with Two Shadows – Sarah Greig

It’s no secret that we’re big Margaret Mahy fans around these parts. Between our Mahy questionnaire, and being, well, living and breathing humans who love children’s books and live in Aotearoa, it’s kind of a foregone conclusion. An exciting Mahy-related…

Book List: Books that feature play

In the last couple of months, we have seen the effects of COVID-19 wreak havoc worldwide. The mental health of both children and adults has been badly affected as we learn to cope with ‘the new normal’. One positive thing…

The Mahy Questionnaire: Kat Quin

Here’s a fresh instalment of the Margaret Mahy Questionnaire, featuring author-illustrator Kat Quin. Read on for her takes on changeovers, rattlebang cars and sonsense nongs! 1. Describe yourself in three words I’m still learning. 2. During the height of adolescence,…