Snake and Lizard 10th Anniversary Ed.

Book Author & Illustrator Joy Cowley & Gavin Bishop
Rights Available World excl. World English
Rights sold Australia, Germany, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, China, The Philippines and North America, Norway, The Netherlands, Turkey and Lithuania

A beautiful 10th birthday edition of this much-loved, timeless classic by Joy Cowley.

Snake and Lizard are a lovable, foolish pair. They are always arguing, embarking on unlikely enterprises and telling one another hotly contested tales. But none of this behaviour lessens their affection for one another.

The judges of the NZ Post Children’s and Young Adult Book Awards said: “This timeless look at two feisty (and forgiving) best mates utterly beguiled the judges with its assured writing, sharp humour and gentle, unforced observations on the nature of friendship.”

The International Youth Library has also awarded this book with a White Raven, a prize given to 250 notable children’s books published internationally each year.

A chapter book for children ages 6 and up.

About the Author

Joy Cowley is one of New Zealand’s best-loved writers. Her awards include the Margaret Mahy Medal; the NZ Post Children’s Book Award 2006; the Roberta Long Medal, Alabama, USA; and the AW Reed Award for Contribution to New Zealand Literature. She is a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Gavin Bishop ONZM, Tainui, Ngāti Awa, has published over 70 books internationally, translated into 12 languages. He has written for television and stage, as well as libretti for two children’s ballets for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Among the numerous fellowships and national book prizes that have been awarded to Gavin Bishop throughout his career, highlights are his Te Waka Toi Ngā Tohu ā Tā Kingi Ihaka/Sir Kingi Ihaka Award in 2018, recognising his lifetime contribution to strengthening Māori art and culture through his children’s books; The Arts Foundation’s Mallinson Rendel Illustrators Award in 2013; and the 2000 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal for lifetime achievement and his distinguished contribution to children’s literature in New Zealand. He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2013, and President of Honour of the NZ Society of Authors.


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198 × 146 mm



Junior Fiction

Age range
6-12 years

Rights Available:
World excl. World English

Rights Sold: 
Australia, Germany, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, China, The Philippines and North America, Norway, The Netherlands, Turkey and Lithuania

Rights Agents:


Anja Mundt, Mundt Agency

China & Taiwan
ShuHuai (China)
Sushin (Taiwan)

Ayşenur Müslümanoğlu, AnatoliaLit

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I loved the stories back then and I love them now. Quirky, funny but also caring. There is a naive tenderness to their friendship too, which makes them even more lovable.

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