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
Illustrated by Myles Lawford
Published by Scholastic NZ