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  • Published: 5 March 2024
  • ISBN: 9781776957095
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $21.00

Ring Ting Tūī

A melodious counting picture book bursting with troublesome tūī, perfect to read aloud!

The familiar antics of one of New Zealand’s favourite native birds have been captured by award-winning picture book creators Elena de Roo and Paul Beavis.

Things are getting loud!
The kōwhai branch is bending …
what a sticky tūī crowd!

Have the tūī slurped too much kōwhai nectar to make an escape?

Bursting with fun – and nectar! – this melodious tūī story will have children and adults joining in with the tūī sounds until they too fall to the ground, just like the crowd of too many tūī.

Elena de Roo’s sparse use of clever text and impeccable rhythm is combined with Paul Beavis's artwork that oozes with character, creating a special picture book fit for a clutch of chaotic tūī, and finished off with ten fascinating tūī facts.

  • Published: 5 March 2024
  • ISBN: 9781776957095
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $21.00

About the authors

Elena de Roo

Elena de Roo is a children’s writer and poet who lives with her family in Tāmaki Makaurau. Sometimes it feels like there is a door to Narnia in her tiny overgrown garden because the back gate leads straight out onto the slowly rewilding slopes of Maungakiekie and fields of Cornwall Park. There is nothing Elena loves better than to go exploring on the maunga, making up a poem or story as she walks.

In 2010 Elena was awarded the Todd New Writer’s Bursary. Since then her work has been published in New Zealand, Australia, the UK and USA. A number of her books have received Storylines Notable Book Awards and she was the Children’s Writer in Residence at Otago University in 2020.

Elena is a former librarian. Deep down, she has never given up believing in magic worlds and the power of words to take you there.

Paul Beavis

Paul Beavis is an award-winning children’s author and illustrator.

He is the author of three critically acclaimed picture books and has illustrated several stories for other authors, most notably Deano Yipadee's Nee Naw series.

His work has been praised for its ‘emotional and psychological depth but with all the lightness of touch and humour one could hope for’ (Sarah Forster in the The Reader) as well as for its quirky characters, gorgeous use of colour and being just the right level of naughty to delight young audiences.

In 2015 he received the Russell Clark Award for Illustration for Mrs Mo’s Monster, which was described by the UK’s Independent as an ‘explosively illustrated fable…a real find’.

Originally from London, Paul studied at St Martin’s School of Art and worked in a variety of creative roles including children’s animation and web design before going freelance. He moved to New Zealand in 2012.

Nowadays Paul writes and illustrates full time from his home near Wellington, where he lives with his wife and their young son.

Praise for Ring Ting Tūī

This concise, well-paced counting book will be sure to draw children’s attention with de Roo’s rhythmical text just as much as with Beavis’ expressive, bold and frankly hilarious illustrations: a winning combination.

Fiona Giles, The Sapling

Ring Ting Tūī is beautifully balanced in rhythm and rhyme from the pen of Elena de Roo. Illustrator Paul Beavis has captured the tūī’s cheeky nature and antics brilliantly...their behaviour in the tree is hilarious.

Adele Broadbent, What Book Next?

lyrical text and quirky illustrations ... Ring Ting Tui! hits all the right notes.

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