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Rahui (English version)

by Chris Szekely

Rahui Book Review

Rāhui is the exceptional new children's book by Huia Publishers told through the eyes of children.

From a story by Chris Szekely and beautifully illustrated by Malcolm Ross (1948 - 2003), Rāhui takes the reader on a wonderful journey to a cousin's holiday in a rural Māori community having adventures and fun together - playing in the bush, riding horses, fishing, eeling and swimming at the beach.

However, ‘one day, when we were swimming, my cousin Thomas went missing. We thought he had gone home.'

And so, during the holiday, a death leads to a rāhui being placed on the beach. The book is at once joyous and wistful, with the illustrations richly evoking the atmosphere of the setting and people.

The Illustrator
Malcolm Ross, 1948-2003, gained a Diploma in Fine Arts in painting and Diploma in Fine Arts with Honours in sculpture, and he had wide-ranging interests in New Zealand history, art and culture.  

"Rahui is a beautifully produced picture book, combining artwork by Malcolm Ross with a searingly simple text by Chris Szekely..." Listener, 3 Dec 2011

Also available in te reo Māori.


Rāhui Book Trailer

Below are some comments about the trailor made on YouTube and Facebook...

"Awesome stuff! Nga mihi nunui ki a koutou :)"

"Beautiful images. Loved the music. Can you tell me everything about 'RAHUI' and Chris Szekely and that awesome trailer for the book....please"

WINNER of the NZ Post Children's Book Awards Picture Book Category 2012

Category: Childrens

ISBN: 9781869694708
Dimensions: 297 x 210mm
Pages: 40
Format: hardcover
Language: English
Publication Date: September 2011

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