The Curioseum: Collected Stories of the Odd and Marvellous
Editor: Adrienne Jansen
Illustrator: Sarah Laing
Publication date: March 2014
What happens when you let a group of writers loose ‘backstage’ in a museum? Te Papa invited twenty-two of New Zealand's best children's authors to spend a day in the Museum’s collections, and 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.
Anatonio Te Maioha
NZ RRP (incl. GST): $29.99
Extent: 160 pp
Illustrations: 150+ black & white line drawings
Format: 198mm x 130mm portrait
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,” said convening judge Cameron Gibb, Creative Director of neu design[graphic]. “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.”