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Piano Rock: A 1950s Childhood

Piano Rock: A 1950s Childhood
  

Award-winning story by Gavin Bishop of his 1950s childhood in small-town New Zealand. Gorgeous illustrations and retro design make this a precious gift book as well as a much-loved tale. This charming book is a memoir of Gavin Bishop's idyllic childhood days, growing up in Kingst... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781775532576
Barcode 9781775532576
Published 8 November 2012 by Random House
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Bishop, Gavin
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ISBN-13 9781775532576
ISBN-10 1775532577
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Random House
Imprint Random House New Zealand Ltd
Publication Date 8 November 2012
International Publication Date 2 November 2012
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Bishop, Gavin
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Award Winning
True Stories (Of Endurance and Survival)
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Maori
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 120
Dimensions Width: 160mm
Height: 204mm
Spine: 14mm
Weight 290g
Interest Age 9-12 years
Reading Age 9-12 years
Library of Congress Authors, New Zealand - Biography - Juvenile literature - 20th century, Illustrators - Biography - Juvenile literature - 20th century - New Zealand, Authors, New Zealand, Illustrators - New Zealand
NBS Text Children's General Interest & Leisure
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 823.2
Catalogue Code 281561

Description of this Book

Award-winning story by Gavin Bishop of his 1950s childhood in small-town New Zealand. Gorgeous illustrations and retro design make this a precious gift book as well as a much-loved tale. This charming book is a memoir of Gavin Bishop's idyllic childhood days, growing up in Kingston beside gorgeous Lake Wakatipu. It's a gentle tale of a boyhood spent haring around outside, building huts, eating girdle scones, catching eels, watching the train, eating roast mutton, going to school on a horse, arguing with your best mate, eating Marmite sandwiches, Guy Fawkes Day - and lots more eating. It's an elegantly written story but it's the illustrations that are the real star of this book. Using two different techniques, Gavin has created both colour and black and white illustrations that bring the story to life and give a great sense of nostalgia. A handy glossary explains things like Box Brownie, Tilly Lamp, The Coronation, mutton birds, Melting Moments and Brylcreem.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of PANZ Book Design Awards: Best Children's Book 2009 -- Short-listed for New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards: Non-Fiction Award 2009 -- Short-listed for LIANZA Children's Book Awards: Elsie Locke Medal for Non-Fiction 2009 -- Short-listed for Storylines Notable New Zealand Books: Non Fiction 2009

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Author's Bio

Gavin Bishop is a highly acclaimed children's book author and illustrator. Born in Invercargill, he spent his childhood in the remote railway settlement of Kingston on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Studying under Russell Clark and Rudi Gopas, Gavin graduated from the Canterbury University School of Fine Arts with an honours degree in painting. He taught art at Linwood High School and at Christ's College in Christchurch. He won the Margaret Mahy Medal in 2000, as well as numerous fellowships and national book awards. His book Weaving Earth and Sky won the non-fiction section and the Book of the Year Award of the NZ Post Children's Book Awards 2003, and was shortlisted for the LIANZA Elsie Lock Medal in 2003. He has won the LIANZA Russell Clark Medal for Illustration four times: Mrs McGinty and the Bizarre Plant (1981); Kiwi Moon (2006); Rats! (2008); and There was a Crooked Man (2010). Among his successful partnerships has been that with writer Joy Cowley, with whom he won the Best in Junior Fiction and Book of the Year at the 2008 NZ Post Children's Book Awards for Snake and Lizard. The Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for Picture Book Illustration was established in 2009 to encourage emergent illustrators and to acknowledge Gavin's contribution to the writing and illustrating of children's picture books. In 2013 he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, and President of Honour of the NZ Society of Authors. Gavin's artwork has featured in exhibitions internationally, including Japan and Czechoslovakia. He has written and designed two ballets for the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company: Terrible Tom and Te Maia and the Sea Devil. In 2003 he shared the Ursula Bethell Residency with Catherine Chidgey. See more about Gavin at www.gavinbishop.com. Other award-winning titles include: Mrs McGinty and the Bizarre Plant (Russell Clark Medal 1981); The Year of the Yelvertons (illustrator; the 1981 Esther Glen Medal; Mr Fox (Noma Concours 1984 Grand Prize); Hinepau (New Zealand Picture Book of the Year 1993); The House that Jack Built (Book of the Year and Best Picture Book at the 2000 NZ Post Book Awards); Friends: Snake and Lizard (with Joy Cowley, Children's Choice Junior Fiction, 2010 NZ Post Children's Book Awards); and Mister Whistler (written by Margaret Mahy, winning Best Picture Book at the 2013 NZ Post Children's Book Awards). Books that have been shortlisted for the NZ Post Children's Book Awards include: Stay Awake, Bear! In 2000; Tom Thumb in 2001 (picture book category); Taming the Sun in 2005 (also a finalist for the Russell Clark Award in 2005); Riding the Waves in 2007; Rats! in 2008; Piano Rock in 2009 (which won the 2009 PANZ Book Design Award in the children's category); and Cowshed Christmas in 2010. Fourteen of Gavin's works have been listed as Storylines Notable Books, including four in 2010: Tom Thumb (2002); The Three Billy Goats Gruff (2004); Taming the Sun: Four Maori Myths (2005); Kiwi Moon (2006); The Waka (2006); Te Waka (2006); Riding the Waves: Four Maori Myths (2007); Snake and Lizard (2008); Rats! (2008); Piano Rock: A 1950s Childhood (2009); There Was a Crooked Man (2010); Cowshed Christmas (2010); Friends: Snake and Lizard (2010); and Counting the Stars: Four Maori Myths (2010). The judges of the 2006 Russell Clark Award said: 'Kiwi Moon has all the appeal and promise of a future folktale classic. It is an outstanding example of how text and illustrations can be interwoven to produce a marvellous whole.'

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