Review of The Midnight Adventures of Ruru and Kiwi – Clare Scott & Amy Haarhoft

Posted: April 23, 2020 in children, picture book, poetry, Review
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The delightful rhyming story of Ruru and Kiwi, who host a midnight forest party for their friends, with award-winning illustrations.
The Ruru and Kiwi went into the bush,
wrapped snug in night’s velvety black.
They took some runny manuka honey
tied up in a flax-woven sack.
Drawing on a cast of nocturnal New Zealand creatures, with award-winning illustrations by Amy Haarhoff, Clare Scott’s story imagines Edward Lear’s famous nonsense poem taking place in a moonlit forest in Aotearoa.

The Midnight Adventures of Ruru and Kiwi

Clare Scott & Amy Haarhoft


Supplied by Penguin Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan Butterworth

Ruru and Kiwi decide to go into the bush ‘wrapped in the night’s velvety black’.  Kiwi was looking forward to having a picnic with ‘runny manuka honey tied up in a flax-woven sack’ they took with them.  Ruru suggested they invite all their friends to meet them as they had plenty of honey to share.

Hara and Pepeketua, Pekapeka and Titihai, Kakapo and Tuatara all came and had a marvellous feast, ‘they dined on worms and larvae that squirmed, sitting under a kauri in bloom’.

The story is charming and the words are so descriptive, with the paragraphs flowing well and having a beat when read aloud. The illustrations are gorgeous, very lifelike and fitting the story completely.  There’s a handy section at the back that identifies all the night creatures at the party and gives some information about them. I did have trouble reading the white lettering on a midnight blue background though my eyesight is not the best so maybe it was just me.

This beautiful book is available online at Fishpond, The Warehouse, Mighty Ape and will ship when we are in Level 3.

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