A cautionary tale from New Zealand's most celebrated children's writer, and author of A Lion in the Meadow.
Norvin is a boy who looks like a shark. When he straps a homemade dorsal fin to his back, all the other swimmers rush to the beach. He loves having the water to himself - until a real man-eating shark comes along!
Mahy's amusing tongue-in-cheek tale meets its match in Allen's droll drawings. Norvin's wonderfully shifty eyes and the vivid expressions on the faces of his victims are certain to tickle funnybones. - Publishers Weekly
Mahy tells this "Cautionary Tale" in a quietly comic, deceptively simple style inspired by her usual marvelous dry wit. Allen's appropriately cartoon-like illustrations wonderfully extend the humor - Kirkus Review
Margaret Mahy (Author)
Margaret Mahy (1936-2012) is one of New Zealand's most celebrated children's writers. She is the author of more than 150 titles, which have been translated into many different languages and sold around the world. Appointed to the Order of New Zealand in 1993, Mahy also won many global prizes for children's writers, including the Carnegie Medal and the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award.
'It is in the nature of books, that they have the capacity to make you feel powerful about what you can alter and achieve in your life' - Margaret Mahy
Jonathan Allen (Illustrator)
Jonathan Allen is an author and illustrator who studied illustration at Pratt Institute and holds a Master's Degree in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has written and illustrated many books, as well as illustrating some of the works of favoured children's author Margaret Mahy.