Botany Library hosts book launch
24 July 2008
Botany Library hosts book launch for The Maket Whitebait - Ngati nanga n Maket
Botany Library is delighted to host the launch of local author Candice Reading's children's picture book The Maket« Whitebait - Ngti nanga n Maket«.
The book, illustrated by Vonnie Sterritt, tells the tale of three whitebait friends - Whitey, Freddy and Tere - and their lifetime struggle to survive. Having avoided being eaten at the egg-stage by predator mice they leave behind the coastal waters of Aotearoa and head inland. Freddy suddenly disappears inside a slippery, slimy, slithery eel. Without hesitation, Whitey swims into the eel to save his friend. Tere tries desperately to distract the eel from juicing his friends up. How can they possibly escape such an awesome foe?
The book has been translated into Te Reo MÄori by Wiremu Sarich and Candice has just completed a follow-up book, Maket« Tuna (tuna is the MÄori word for eel) which gives the eel's account of the same story. So what's the eel got to say for himself? "Whitebait fritters? Aue! Raw and wriggly for me. I am the eel of all eels!" squelched Mr Eel whilst eyeing up two, fat, juicy whitebait.
Media are invited to attend the launch at Botany Library on Saturday 9 August at 3pm. Candice will talk about her new book and is happy to answer any questions. Children are warmly invited.
The book is retailing at $16.99. Candice is happy to sign any book purchased at the launch. Alternatively orders can be placed at: www.taramea.maori.nz
What: Book Launch: The Maket« Whitebait - NgÄti Äªnanga n Maket«
When: Saturday 9 August, 3pm till 5pm
Where: Botany Library, Level 1, Sunset Tce, Botany Town Centre
(Beside Berkeley Theatres)