Author(s): Margaret Mahy
Absentminded Mister Whistler always has a song in his head and a dance in his feet. In a rush to catch the train, he is so distracted he loses his ticket. Is it in the bottom pockets of his big coat or the top pockets of his jacket? Perhaps he slipped it into his waistcoat...Where is Mister Whistler's ticket?
Mister Whistler is a picture book that is about Mister Whistler. Mister Whistler is going to his Aunt Whistler’s house to clean her grubby windows. Mister Whistler gets dressed. He dances everywhere he goes. He can’t find his ticket so he dances out of his clothes and folds them nicely and he sings a lovely song in his head. Everybody starts to watch. Then people start to give him heaps of money, and someone even puts a flower into his hat. After he finds the ticket he dances back into his clothes, and dances off to the train. Then he loses his ticket again! They are very funny pictures. The artist is a very good artist and the book is very funny. I also like the details in the pictures. I like how they did the story and how they show you what Mr Whistler does and how he dances all the time. I like the book a lot. Beatrice (5)
Finalist for LIANZA Illustration Award - Russell Clark Award 2013
Winner Best Picture Book - New Zealand Children's Book Awards 2013
The author Margaret Mahy is one of the world's best and most famous children's authors. She was born in 1936, and wrote her first story at the age of seven. She won numerous awards for her work, including the pretigious international Hans Christian Anderson award in 2006. Margaret lived in Governor's Bay, New Zealand until her death in 2012. Gavin Bishop is equally distinguished as author and illustrator. He has exhibited nternationally, from Japan to Czechoslovakia, and was an international judge for the 2003 NOMA Concours competition for Children's Picture Book Illustration.