‘Toitoi’ is a quarterly publication comprising short stories, poems and art works that have been created by children between the ages of 5 and 13. Its philosophy is to treat young writers and artists with respect, handle their work with care and produce a beautifully designed journal of high quality. This issue continues to do exactly that.
The design is clean and modern, showcasing the illustrations perfectly with full or double pages and I am amazed by the sophistication, imagination and humour portrayed in these. The writing echos these qualities. Biosphere 2 is a dystopian story about a new experiment that doesn’t go to plan with a chilling twist at the end. Wild Conditions is a suspenseful tale of adventure gone wrong that leads to a tragic ending. New School is an insightful poem about feelings so many of us have experienced in a new situation. Steve is a story about a fly, a fly who wanted a name.
‘Toitoi’ is full of wonderful thoughts, ideas and observations and as well as an asset for any library, it is a perfect teaching resource (teacher support materials are available through their website). Submissions are invited for each issue and I think that any young writer or illustrator would be inspired by the pages of this summer edition.
Title: Toitoi 14: A Journal for Young Writers and Artists
Editor: Charlotte Gibbs
Publisher: Toitoi Media Ltd
Date of Publication: 2019
Reviewer’s name: Kirsten Puddick, Librarian, Holy Cross School, Wellington
How highly are you recommending this book? Highly recommended
First sentence: My fingers touch the carvings on the coin.
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