Billy and Old SmokoAuthor: Jack Lasenby
Imprint: Longacre Press
This title is suitable for ages 8+
Featured in the December/January, 2007/08 magazine
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Billy wakes to find his father all lackadaisical, and a strange woman burning the porridge. She reckons his real mother ran away, and he must call her Mum now. But Billy isn't stupid. With Old Smoko, a stately, talking horse whom he teaches to read, Billy looks for his real mum under the Kaimais, out the back of Waharoa.
He learns the secret of Mount Te Aroha, hears the ancient Maori story of Snow White, and sees how Auckland got its electricity. He also goes pig hunting, plays footy, discovers roast pork and apple sauce sandwiches – and falls in love with the blue eyes of Harrietta.
... you won't be disappointed.
Review by: Wendy Noble
Category:Children's Children's Fiction