Tale of a Tail

Strange and exciting things are in store when Tom and his mum move to Prodigy Street one ordinary Thursday. There's a man with a magical name, a friendly dog with a powerful, waggy tail, and some remarkable surprises when anyone makes a wish.

Includes more than 50 hilarious black and white illustrations by Tony Ross, who also illustrates for David Walliams and Roald Dahl, as well as his own picture books.

'A prime example of late writing legend Margaret Mahy's best work; clever, quirky and laced with magic of the most unusual kind.' - The Reader, Booksellers New Zealand Blog

'Tale of a Tail has a quirky feel and never once looses its charm. Children ages 5-9 will enjoy this marvellous tale of magic, childhood, and owning a pet.' - NZ Booklovers

  • Pub date: 24.11.20
  • RRP: $19.99
  • Format: Paperback / softback


Margaret Mahy

Margaret Mahy (1936-2012) is one of New Zealand's most celebrated children's writers. She is the author of more than 150 titles, which have been translated into many different languages and sold around the world. Appointed to the Order of New Zealand in 1993, Mahy also won many global prizes for children's writers, including the Carnegie Medal and the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award.

'It is in the nature of books, that they have the capacity to make you feel powerful about what you can alter and achieve in your life' - Margaret Mahy

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