The Smelly Giant

Book Author & Illustrator Kurahau & Laya Mutton-Rogers
Rights Available World excl. NZ

In this picture book, gentle, clever Toe Jam grows to be huge, and this causes a problem in his community because his feet smell. The bigger he gets the worse the smell. While Toe Jam helps others and wants to be part of his village, everybody teases him and avoids him, and Toe Jam becomes very lonely. Finally, the people make him leave and live far away. Toe Jam never loses his kind heart, and when there are floods, wild winds and droughts, he returns to help his people. But each time, the people take his help then send him away again. Until, one day, when Toe Jam saves the people from an eruption, they finally understand their behaviour and see Toe Jam’s goodness.

About the Author
has worked in education for a number of years. Having written many non-fiction publications, this is Kurahau’s first fictional bilingual story for children. Kurahau enjoys food: growing it, gathering it, preparing it, sharing it with others and especially, of course, eating it. In between eats, Kurahau is a champion of te reo and tikanga Māori and embraces the ideal of a world that shows care towards people, animals and the environment.

Laya Mutton-Rogers is a freelance illustrator who enjoys making fictional worlds come to life, especially in science fiction, fantasy and comic illustrations.


Huia Publishers


208 x 330 mm



Picture Books

Age range
3-8 years

Publication Date
October 2019

Rights Available:
World excl. NZ

Rights Agents:


Eboni Waitere

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I loved this story of kindness, highlighting acceptance and understanding of differences. A must for any bookshelf and especially for anyone with an interest in Maori mythology. A fabulous read aloud, humorous, engaging illustrations delivering a strong social message.

Louana McCormack, Read NZ

This ageless and weighty story deals with universal themes such as the mauri of relationships, but also embodies Māori concepts of manaaki tangata, kindness and forgiveness.

Judges comments, NZCYA 2020

This Māori legend begins with a funny subject, but culminates in an eye-opening understanding of a huge part of Māori culture – the great house. Simply Brilliant.

Adele Broadbent, What Next Books