Piano Rock: A 1950s Childhood (PB)
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 u 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.
Winner of PANZ Book Design Awards: Children's Book 2009. Shortlisted for LIANZA Children's Book Awards: Elsie Locke Award 2009 and Storylines Notable New Zealand Books: Non Fiction 2009 and New Zealand Post Children's Book Award: Non-Fiction Award 2009.
Gavin Bishop is a highly acclaimed children's book author and illustrator. He won the Margaret Mahy Medal in 2008, 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; Taming the Sun was shortlisted for the same awards in 2005, Riding the Waves in 2007; Rats! in 2008; Piano Rock in 2009; and Cowshed Christmas in 2010. He has won the LIANZA Russell Clark Medal for Illustration three times, most recently in 2008 for Rats! The Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for Picture Book Illustration was established in 2009.