Aunt Concertina and her niece Evalina is a wondrous book - a feast of words and a visual feast of stunning paintings. Aunt Concertina is an avid junk shop shopper who takes her unwilling niece along with her and, to Evalina's great delight, they find a magic kite which takes them on adventures throughout the world. They go to Mt Everest, the Nile, a volcano, Greenland, the Sahara, Venezeula, Tokyo, the Amazon and finally back home to their own special place. It's a whirlwind of exploration. Every page is jam-packed with delight - there is so much to find in every extraordinarily detailed illustration and the language is rich in the kind of detail that children will love.
Shortlisted for Storylines Notable New Zealand Books: Picture Books 2010.
Paula Green is a poet and her husband Michael Hight is a painter - they have published one children's book previously, Flamingo Bendalingo. Paula has published a number of adult poetry books and three children's books. Michael is a highly regarded artist who primarily paints with oil on canvas. His work is exhibited widely throughout New Zealand and is held in significant public and private collections.