Review from "the Bottom Shelf"
With so much interest in designing and making and appraising the results as we encourage our students to be creative and think laterally, this is a book that could be used in so many ways within the curriculum. Children could be encouraged to choose another creature and consider their needs so they could then design a home for them; they could investigate the purpose and construction of cross-sections and how to draw and label them; or they could explore other books where the text is cumulative. Different, distinctive and a valuable addition to your collection."
Puffin the Architect is discussed on the "The long Lunch: In case you missed Monday": https://www.radiolive.co.nz/home/on-demand/long-lunch/2018/07/the-long-lunch--in-case-you-missed-monday-30-07-18.html
scroll to the audio player of 'Bag of Books'):
It is absolutely gorgeous… we don’t have a lot of picture books for kids about professional roles for women… It’s just so beautifully done. The illustrations are lovely. Is it because of the illustrations that it is so beautiful?… Partly… there is also rhyme which is always good in a picture book… It’s just warm and lovely”
Liz Derouet review
This is such a perfect book for young ones for so many reasons. It will join the ever-growing group of books about makers and designers, offering ideas and solutions. The read aloud qualities are many. The large format size will enable an audience to participate as the rhyming text flows beautifully. There is a lot of detail in the visuals, which will be studied by inquisitive readers again and again. This is an exciting new publication. An absolute must for school and public libraries, and for private collections.”
There is a great write up on the The Sapling about how the idea for Explore! Aotearoa came to be: https://www.thesapling.co.nz/single-post/2018/07/17/Book-Awards-Publishers-talk-about-Non-fiction-Finalists