For almost 40 years, Murray Ball's 'Footrot Flats' has ruled New Zealand's comic strip roost. In fact, Dog - the central character in the Footrot Flats cartoon strips - has been voted New Zealand's best-loved fictional character. Now fans can enjoy 'Luv from Dog' a companion edition to the hugely popular 'Wisdom of Dog'. ... read more
Music depresses me. Dancing distresses me. Everything turns out wrong. That's why, the whole day long, I feel so gloomy. Inspired by Ludwig Bechstein's nineteenth-century poem, Axel Scheffler has created a set of delightfully dark depictions of misanthropic misery. Julia Donaldson, Axel's collaborator on "The Gruffalo", has p... read more
Personalised number plates are inspired by many factors. Many desire to stand out from the crowd, make a statement and reflect something of their owners' personalities. Others are just rude, crude and offensive, which is why they're rejected. Written by Steve Bedwell, who loves his cars and could not help but write a witty g... read more
The Cockerel: A noisy little cockerel Would sing at break of day: Dogs would bark, kids would cry From bloody miles away. Folk signed a petition To say it wasn’t proper; The cockerel said “Hey get a life! I’m Bantam of the Opera”. A collection of “Nice and Naughty” rhymes each illustrated w... read more
The Little Things is a cartoon created by parents for parents, which sympathises, commiserates and celebrates with mums and dads everywhere.
Launched in 2010 The Little Things is the most successful new cartoon to have come out of New Zealand in many years, and despite slashed budgets and shrinking readerships it has be... read more
Matt Lawrey & Peter Lole
When was the last time anyone launched an internationally successful cartoon from New Zealand?
The Little Things, written by Matt Lawrey and drawn by Peter Lole, is published in newspapers in New Zealand, Australia, the UK, and is no... read more
In this third collection of over 60 comics, you'll be treated to the hilarity of "Dear Sriracha Rooster Sauce," "The Crap We Put Up with Getting On and Off an Airplane," "Why Captain Higgins Is My Favorite Parasitic Flatworm," "This Is How I Feel about Buying Apps," "What it Means When You Say Literally," "7 Things You Really... read more
This is the diet you've been waiting for. A deliberate and shameless ploy to expand a few waistlines, The Fatkin's Diet features outrageous recipes from award-winning comedian Rhys Mathewson. With total disregard for his own health, Rhys re-interprets Kiwi favourites for a hungry audience – fish 'n' chips pizza, anyone?... read more
These letters are a small fragment of the vast correspondence known to have taken place between lone voyager Vasco Pyjama and his friend and mentor Mr Curly of Curly Flat. While domestic contentment and ease with the natural world are Mr Curly's major attributes, Vasco's restless nature has compelled him into a great voyage o... read more
For the past 17 years Garrick Tremain has produced a daily political cartoon. As a child he was nurtured on nursery rhymes, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus. The eventual revelation that he had swallowed fantasy as fact left him with a conviction that you can believe no-one, and a desire to write these nursery rhymes for grown... read more
'Can books conduct electricity?' 'My children are just climbing your bookshelves: that's ok...isn't it?' A John Cleese Twitter question ['What is your pet peeve?'], first sparked the "Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops" blog, which grew over three years into one bookseller's collection of ridiculous conversations on the ... read more
Irresistibly titled and attractively packaged, this book will pique the interest of even the most difficult-to-please Kiwi male, with anecdotes and fascinating historic events to mark every day of the year. Illustrating the heroic, quirky, funny and inventive nature of Kiwi men, these stories will help us appreciate our men a... read more
"Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops" was a "Sunday Times" bestseller, and could be found displayed on bookshop counters up and down the country. The response to the book from booksellers all over the world has been one of heartfelt agreement: it would appear that customers are saying bizarre things all over the place - f... read more
A handful of wranglers are needed to control an exotic lobster pet. A helicopter parent navigates the treacherous edge of a bowl of cereal, clutching her children. A pastry chef throws his fellow bakers under the bus, taking all the credit for a gargantuan pile of macaroons. In a mix of playfulness and dry political and socia... read more
There is a young fellow named Mick Who's adapted the old limerick To cover, with mirth The whole history of Earth And what made its characters tick. There Was An Old Geezer Called Caesar is 100 lively and humorous limericks that take us back to before the beginning of time itself and right up until yesterday evening when you ... read more
Whether or not you can tell your dibbly-dobblies from your nurdles, this marvellous offering is bound to bowl you over. Crammed full of hilarious quotations from cricket capers worldwide, it's the perfect all-rounder for any fan of the gentleman's game.
Some might say there's nothing funny about scrums, cauliflower ears and the sin bin. Rugby Wit begs to differ. Bulging with wit, this book brings you hundreds of rugby-related quotes that range from the hilarious to the philosophical. Whether you know your league from your union or you think a hooker is a scantily-clad lady o... read more
Your life may now consist of sleeping during sex instead of after it and going to more funerals than weddings. On the bright side, you can get away with making no effort whatsoever to lose weight. And all those charities you gave to - it's payback time!
This is a wildly funny satire of book culture written by a former bookseller with a story to tell. Two holidaymakers die of a mysterious condition while on holiday in Corfu, piquing neurologist Lauren Manning's interest. She investigates, finding help in the unlikely form of Richard Liggett: independent bookshop owner, avant ... read more
From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new book of essays taking his readers on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn ab... read more
HOLIDAYMAKER FIGHTS OFF AFRICAN LION IN WELSH HOTEL ROOM MAN SWALLOWS MOUSE AND DIES WIFE DRIVEN MAD BY HUSBAND TICKLING FEET PALLBEARER KILLED BY COFFIN IN GRAVEYARD LIBERALS EAT DOG From the newspaper archives of the British Library, Jeremy Clay has unearthed the long-lost stories that enthralled and appalled Victorian Brit... read more