This review of the picture book finalists for NZCYA 2020 first appeared on The Sapling, July 2020.

The finalists are: How Māui Slowed the Sun retold and illustrated by Donovan Bixley and advised and translated by Darryn Joseph, Abigail and the Birth of the Sun by Matthew Cunningham and illustrated by Sarah Wilkins, Mini Whinny: Goody Four Shoes by Stacy Gregg and illustrated by Ruth Paul, Santa’s Worst Christmas, illustrated by Isobel Joy Te Aho-White and last but not least The Gobbledegook Book: A Joy Cowley Anthology by Joy Cowley and illustrated by Giselle Clarkson.