Author(s): Dave Gunson
Kids are fascinated with watching things move. From an early age they love mechanical toys that go click and whirr and they delight in finding out how machines work.
From the great waka canoes hollowed out from tree-trunks, to jet boats, motorbikes, racing cars and high-tech space rockets, New Zealand has produced some amazing machines. The earliest models engaged the muscles of men and horses, together with wind and water. Then steam power became available and machines became increasingly more complicated. Petrol, diesel, and electricity followed. This book traces the history of NZ machines through examples from first settlement to the modern age.Inspiring kids to learn and discover how things work, writer and illustrator Dave Gunson presents large colour pictures of 50 machines with lively and informative text descriptions alongside.
There are many home-grown successes, plus lots of machines from overseas, adapted for local conditions.Full colour illustrations with accurate, often humorous text aimed at children. Ideal non-fiction learning tool for reluctant readers.
Dave Gunson is a prolific author and illustrator of children's and adult books. His extensive repertoire includes such classics as Dave Gunson's New Zealand Wildlife and Kiwi of the Great Forest. Dave has also illustrated many other authors' books, including Which New Zealand Bird? by natural history guru Andrew Crowe. Dave's 'All About...' series with New Holland was launched in October 2008.