Gavin Bishop has written and illustrated several award-winning children's books. He has won the LIANZA Russell Clark Award for Illustration four times. Gavin lives in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Its sophisticated, nuanced approach will be a joy to New Zealand history buffs as well as lovers of good picture books ... A gem from one of New Zealand's children's book gems, Gavin Bishop. -- Unspecified * Kiwi Families (NZ) * ...in Te Reo Maori, translated by Piripi Walker and edited by Hone Apanui. Based on the well-known nursery rhyme, it tells the story of Jack Bull, who travels to New Zealand from London as a new settler in 1798. But the second story is in the striking illustrations as Bishop weaves in the Maori perspective, showing their spiritual commitment to their land and pressure from the settlers to acquire it. -- The Children's Bookshop School and Library Newsletter (NZ) * The Children's Bookshop School and Library Newsletter (NZ) * The old nursery rhyme is brought brilliantly to life in a colonial setting, based on Bishop's own whakapapa, wrapping indigenous myth in both word and pattern around traditional English text, drawing parallels between animals of myth and those brought by the Pakeha, and showing the blossoming of love between Bishop's redheaded Scottish ancestor and the Maori 'maiden all forlorn'. -- The Listener (Arts and Books) * The Listener (Arts and Books) *