Book Review: Where’s Kiwi?, illustrated by Myles Lawford

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There are more than 800 things to spot in this book. Kiwi has itchy feet, wanting adventure and sights to see. There are waves to surf, rivers to raft, cities to explore and mountains to climb. No mountain is too high and no river too wide for our kiwi. He’s fearless and unstoppable.

This story sees our hero touring the country, from the sub-tropical north to the icy south. This is an interactive Where’s Wally-style story, with the reader being asked to find Kiwi and his mates in each illustration, with themes like Sporty the Sheep, Gumboot Guy, Wacky Wizard and Tricky Tuatara.

Each double page from Surfs Up and the Big Smoke, to Deep Freeze and many more, has detailed illustrations, depicting scenes throughout New Zealand – each one full of surprises. To find Sporty, Gumboot, Wacky and Tricky is not as easy as I first thought. I was amazed just how quickly my 3-year-old granddaughter found each character – she was quicker than me!

This is a really lovely book and with Christmas looming this would make a wonderful addition to the gift-giving list.

Reviewed by Christine Frayling

Where’s Kiwi?
Illustrated by Myles Lawford
Published by Scholastic NZ
ISBN 9781775432883

Book Review: The Life and Loves of a He Devil – a Memoir, by Graham Norton

Available in book stores nationwide.

Graham Norton would have to be one of the most wcv_the_life_and_loves_of_a_he_devilell-known television personalities of our time. He was born in Clondalkin, a suburb of Dublin in Ireland. Graham first came to our attention playing Father Noel Furlong in the well- loved television show Father Ted, and currently stars in the hilarious The Graham Norton Show.

This book gallops through Graham’s rather outlandish life, beginning with his 50th birthday celebrations, after which he decided it was time to write another book – 10 years is a long time between books.

Growing up in Ireland, Graham always thought that he was out of step because he was a Protestant in the deep dark jungle of Roman Catholic Ireland, not because he considered that he may be gay. That revelation came rather later – everybody else knew before he did. This book covers everything from Dogs, to Divas; Booze, to Men; and Things he loves to Hate.

This book is a riotous celebration of his loves and loathes − it is not a book for prudes, as Graham doesn’t hold back on his many sexual conquests or what he thinks about particular guests he has had on his shows over the years. I have watched The Graham Norton Show on television over the years and quite frankly he is a brilliantly funny man –read the book and find out more.

Reviewed by Christine Frayling

The Life and Loves of a He Devil – a Memoir
by Graham Norton
Published by Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN 9781444790269

Ed’s note: The review copy of this book came with a lovely Sauvignon Blanc, reportedly squished by Graham’s own feet…