Little Red and the Cunning Kuri


Little Red and the Cunning Kuri
Kiwi Corkers – Great New Zealand Yarns
Chris Gurney, Sarah Anderson

This is my first Kiwi Corkers book; there is a whole series of them I have somehow managed to miss.  Perhaps it is because I am based in Australia, I would like to think these books are in every bookshop in NZ where they should be.  If you haven’t read them, you are missing out.

I have learned that the Kiwi’s sense of humour and slang is very similar to the dry Aussie one.  Basically this just means Aussies will love them too.  I do!

Kiwi Corkers are your traditional folk tales gone kiwi, in little red the wolf is Kuri (a big black dog), and little Red is little Red, only she is a smart kid, she talks the talk.

“How are ya Nanna, have you got the flu?
Mum made you some Afghans, especially for you.
Do you feel like a cuppa?  I’ll put on the jug.
You need to keep snug as a bug in a rug!”

As for dear Nana, she isn’t your usual frail type either.
Do yourself a favour, get your hands on a Kiwi Corker, I can recommend Little Red and the Cunning Kuri, but I’d put money on them all being a darn good yarn.

A Bug in a Book Review
Angela Hall

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