The Curioseum: Collected Stories of the Odd & Marvellous

Author(s): Adrienne Jansen

NZ - Children - 9 to 14

What happens when you take 22 of New Zealand's best children's story writers and let them loose 'backstage' at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa? We invited authors from around the country to choose one of the museum's taonga (treasures) as a starting point for an imaginative journey.

The result is a truly original compendium of stories and poems for 8–12 year olds, with whimsical illustrations from award-winning Sarah Laing. It’s a unique collaboration between Te Papa Press and the Whitireia Creative Writing and Publishing Programmes.


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Winner of the 2015 PANZ Book Design Award for Best Cover for designer Sarah Laing and Te Papa Press

"A great example of how a children’s book need not be childish. The Curioseum is the story version of a 'wunderkammer’, supported by delightful illustrations and the use of hand-rendered type for chapter headings, all making for an engaging and fun read." --Cameron Gibb, Creative Director of neu design[graphic].

The authors: Margaret Mahy, Joy Cowley, Bill Manhire, Elizabeth Knox, Jo Randerson, Barbara Else, Ant Sang, Marisa Maepu, Mandy Hager, Paora Tibble, Frances Samuel, Phillip Mann, Raymond Huber, Tusiata Avia, Kyle Mewburn, John McCrystal, Dave Armstrong, Anatonio Te Maioha, James Brown, Moira, Wairama, Emily Hunter, Tusi Tamasese

General Fields

  • : 9781877385926
  • : Te Papa Press
  • : Te Papa Press
  • : 198mm x 133mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Adrienne Jansen
  • : Paperback
  • : Sarah Laing
  • : 160
  • : Black and white