The Curiouseum, edited by Adrienne Jansen (Te Papa Press, $29.99)
Review by Nikki Slade Robinson
With a tantalising title of The Curiouseum, and an equally enticing cover design, it’s hard not to be, well, curious as to what lurks within. And this ‘collected stories and poems of the odd and marvellous’ for children certainly rewarded my curiosity.
This book is the result of letting 22 New Zealand authors loose in Te Papa Tongarewa – the Museum of New Zealand – on Wellington’s waterfront. Authors span the familiar to more recent up-and-comers, such as Margaret Mahy, Joy Cowley, Barbara Else, Bill Manhire, Jo Randerson, Mandy Hager and Tusi Tamasese, to name but a few. Their brief was to explore the museum for a day, and choose an object/s as an inspiration – a starting point – and create ‘new and wonderful stories’ about those objects.
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