Friends: Snake and Lizard

Book Author & Illustrator Joy Cowley & Gavin Bishop
Rights Available World excl. World English, Norway, Taiwan, South Korea, Mainland China, Turkey, Lithuania
Rights sold Norway, Taiwan, South Korea, Mainland China, Turkey, Lithuania


The beguiling pair introduced in Snake and Lizard now share a burrow and are business partners, too!

Snake is elegant and calm, and a little self-centred; Lizard is exuberant and irrepressible. Even though they’re opposites, they are good friends. With its wisdom, acceptance and good humour, Snake and Lizard captures the essence of friendship. The stories are beautifully illustrated by Gavin Bishop in the warm and clear colours of the desert.

Awards
Finalist NZ Post Children’s Book Awards 2010
Top 50 Children’s Books 2009, The Listener
Children’s Choice winner, NZ Post Children’s Book Awards 2010
Storylines NZ Notable Book List 2010
Top 10 Best Children’s Books, China Times

About the Author

Joy Cowley is one of New Zealand’s best-loved writers for children and adults, with an international reputation. She has won a multitude of awards and honours for her bestselling books, including the Prime Minister’s Award for contribution to literature. She was shortlisted for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2018.

Gavin Bishop ONZM, Tainui, Ngāti Awa, is a leading New Zealand illustrator. He has published over 70 books internationally and been translated into 12 languages. He has written for television and theatre, as well as a libretti for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. His awards include New Zealand Children’s Picture Book of the Year in 1982, 1994, 2000 and 2013. In 2019, he was named the winner of the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement – Non Fiction.

Description

Publisher
Gecko Press

Extent
144pp

Format
198 × 146 mm

Binding
Paperback

Category
Children’s

Genre
Junior Fiction

Age range
6-9 years

Rights Available:
World excl. World English, Norway, Taiwan, South Korea, Mainland China, Turkey, Lithuania

Rights Sold: 
Norway, Taiwan, South Korea, Mainland China, Turkey, Lithuania

Rights Agents:

World

Anja Mundt, Mundt Agency
anja@mundtagency.com

China & Taiwan
Bookman
ShuHuai (China) shuhuai@bkagency.com.tw
Sushin (Taiwan) sushin@bkagency.com.tw

Turkey
AnatoliaLit
busra@anatolialit.com

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I think it’s a genius book – the writer and illustrator are at the top of their game.

Kate de Goldi, Radio NZ

With its more sophisticated subject matter, short chapters, and clever dialogue, it also makes for a satisfying read-aloud

School Library Journal

Cowley’s funny, touching stories develop a whole cast of memorable characters around the two central desert-dwellers, whose lively, occasionally testy friendship embodies a wealth of wisdom about how to live with other people. Bishop’s simple pictures are amazingly expressive.

50 Best Children’s Books of 2009, NZ Listener