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Mister Whistler

Author: Margaret Mahy

Illustrator: Gavin Bishop

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Quote: Mahy’s lively prose coupled with Bishop’s vibrant illustration are a brilliant combination. This large-size hardback publication ... celebrates the creativity of a talented duo. A book to treasure.
Bookrapt, October 2012
Synopsis: Absentminded Mister Whistler always has a song in his head and a dance in his feet. In a rush to catch the train, he is so distracted he loses his ticket.

Is it in the bottom pockets of his big coat or the top pockets of his jacket? Perhaps he slipped it into his waistcoat...

Where is Mister Whistler’s ticket?
Herald on Sunday, October 2012
One of Mahy’s last books, Mister Whistler is typical of one of he...
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John McIntyre (on National Radio), October 2012
I talked to Gavin recently about the magic of Margaret’s story-te...
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The Children's Bookshop School & Library Newsletter, Term 4 2012
This is one of Mahy’s last stories but it shows how her brilliant...
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The Guardian, Kirsten, Isaac and Hazel (3 year-old twins), July 2013
This is a fun story, with vivid and unusual pictures and an engag...
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My Best Friends are Books blog, October 2012
An absolutely beautiful book that will be treasured by children a...
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Bookrapt, October 2012
Mahy’s lively prose coupled with Bishop’s vibrant illustration ar...
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The Australian, July 2013
This lively, cheerful book is the last published work by much lov...
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kiwifamilies.co.nz, October 2012
Fabulous. Definitely one for the permanent collection and a great...
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parentintouch.co.uk
Even when all seems well, there's another humorous twist. A lovel...
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Judges Report, New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards, July 2013
Mister Whistler contains many of the distinctly Mahy elements tha...
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Tomorrow's Schools Today, October 2012
Mr Whistler has all the hallmarks of the whimsy, nonsensical and ...
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Kirkus Reviews (US), February 2013
This sprightly, whimsical tale will induce plenty of giggles and ...
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Horn Book Magazine (US), May 2013
This dressing, undressing, and dressing-again story by the late M...
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Lauren Fisher (age 6), Junior Journal, April 2013
It’s a funny story. Mister Whistler is a nice, smart, musical man...
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Carousel (UK), March 2013
Gavin Bishop fleshes out the character of this eccentric gentlema...
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Magpies, November 2012
One of Margaret Mahy’s last books is this absolutely gorgeous Mis...
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Courier Mail (Australia), February 2013
The message in this fun book is about focusing on the task at han...
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National Library’s Create Readers Blog, June 2013
This book is a romping, rhythmic read-aloud for all ages, includi...
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Beatrice (5), Page and Blackmore Booksellers Newsletter, June 2013
The artist is a very good artist and the book is very funny. I al...
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Page & Blackmore Booksellers Newsletter, December 2012
An entertaining tale with colourful illustrations. Sure to deligh...
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Playcentre Journal, June 2013
This simple, unpredictable and fun story appeals to children and ...
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Swings and Roundabouts, September 2013
The children enjoyed the funny things Mr Whistler did and his sen...
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Kids’ Book Review, January 2014
This is a fun, endearing and beautifully composed book by two sta...
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Bridges to Understanding Vol.5 (US), February 2014
Absent-minded Mister Whistler wakes up with a song in his head an...
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Awards
  • St. Mary’s Book Award Winner 2014, voted by children at St. Mary’s International School in Tokyo, Japan. 
  • Picture book winner, NZ Post Children's Book Awards 2013
  • Illustration finalist, LIANZA Children's Book Awards 2013
  • Storylines Notable Book 2013
Country of origin New Zealand
Age 4+
Size 32pp, 260mm x 270mm
ISBN 978-1-877467-91-2 Hardback
Published by Gecko Press in October 2012
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Gemma    Wed Jun 26, 2013

This is such a cool book - the illustrations are great and Mister Whistler is so funny losing his ticket. I loved the ending. My brother who is four loves this story too and I read it to him over and over. I think all families should have this on their bookshelf.

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