Mr Miniscule and the Whale – Special book launch

Attention all book and craft lovers! Book Island are launching their latest book Mr Miniscule and the Whale at the Wellington Central Library – and you’re all invited!

Written by Julian Tuwim and illustrated by Bohdan Butenko, this picture book is considered a classic in Poland where it has been read and enjoyed by many generations.

The first edition of the book was published in 1939, which is exactly 75 years ago, while the illustrations of this new edition were added in 1956. The author, Julian Tuwim (1894 – 1953), was one of Poland’s leading poets. He won fame not just for his adult verse but also for his rhymes for children, many of which are classics known to every Polish child and adult.

Bohdan Butenko, the illustrator, has produced illustrations for more than 200 children’s books. Now at the age of 83 he is still very active. Bohdan Butenko has won numerous awards, among them the 2012 Order of the Smile – a special medial awarded by children to adults who are particularly kind to them.

Book Island have translated the story into English (and Dutch too!) and will be celebrating it’s launch with a special event at Wellington Central Library on Mrach 18th at 3.30pm.

Come along to hear the story read in English, assisted by 7-year-old Edward Tait, who will recite some stanzas in Polish. Afterwards you and your friend and parents (grandparents can come too!) will be invited to try some delicious blackberry kompot (Polish cordial) and join the arts & crafts workshop organised by Craft Garden. This event has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Polish Ambassador in Wellington, Mrs. Beata Stoczyńska.

Click n the poster below for details. See you there!




Three Bears Breakfast at the Central Library

We have a very cool event happening to celebrate NZ Book Month – fancy having breakfast and stories at the library…?

You are invited to The Three Bears Breakfast on Saturday 9th March, 10.30 am at the Wellington Central Library. This free event is perfect for children and families of all ages. Come along and listen to stories (including brand new book ‘The Three Bears Sort Of’ by NZ authors Yvonne Morrison and Donovan Bixley. Breakfast will be supplied (thanks Uncle Tobys and Meadow Fresh!) so you can munch happily while listening to great stories read aloud by talented superstar librarians. Fun fun fun!

Book Launch: The Queen and the Nobody Boy by Barbara Else

New Zealand Author Barbara Else, who wrote the popular and award winning book The travelling restaurant: Jasper’s voyage in three parts is launching her newest book very soon.

The Queen and the Nobody Boy: A tale of fontania will be launched at the Kilbirnie Children’s Bookshop (26 Kilbirnie Plaza) on Wednesday 19th of September at 6pm. Everyone’s welcome to attend. RSVP by 14 September to

We don’t have The Queen and the Nobody Boy in the library yet – it’s that new! But we will soon and then you’ll be able to take it out and read it.


In the meantime, you might like to read The travelling restaurant. It really is an excellent story; there’s a reason why it has won so many awards. Here’s the blurb from our catalogue:

In the city of Fontania, during the reign of the Lady Gall, magic is forbidden. When twelve-year-old Jasper Ludlow’s parents flee the city, leaving him behind, Jasper finds refuge on The Travelling Restaurant, a sailing ship. Jasper embarks on a journey to find his baby sister and his parents and to find the true monarch of Fontania. Suggested level: primary, intermediate.