Donovan Bixley re-tells the story of how Maui captured the secret of fire. The traditional tale but with Donovan’s unique twist and trademark humour. The pictures are bright and bring their own level of humour to the book. Darryn Joseph and Keri Opai ensure that the story is accurate and culturally appropriate and translate the story for the Te Reo edition.
About the Authors:
Donovan Bixley is an illustrator and writer based in Taupo. Donovan has numerous bestsellers to his name, including the recent Much Ado About Shakespeare. Donovan created Pussycat, Pussycat (2015), Little Bo Peep (2014), The Wheels on the Bus (2010)and Old Macdonald’s Farm (2011) and The Great Kiwi ABC (2016).
Dr Darryn Joseph is a lecturer in te reo at Massey university. He has authored over 23 books; mainly textbooks and chapter books for Māori immersion education. He has won the Huia Short Stories Award for te reo Māori and the LIANZA Librarian Te Kura Pounamu Award for “most distinguished contribution to literature for children and young adults written in Te Reo Māori.
Keri Opai is a life-long educator, teaching Māori language and culture in kōhanga reo (under 5 language nests), primary and secondary school, polytechnic, wānanga (Māori university) and mainstream university as well as community-based organisations. He is a licensed interpreter and hold a Master’s degree in Māori knowledge systems.