Margaret Mahy not only wrote great children's books, but also went out into the community and read them to children in libraries and schools. She was an eccentric and zany person, with a wonderful sense of humor. Both qualities are in abundance in her books.
Two of my kid's favorite books 'A Lion in a Meadow' and 'The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate' were written by Margaret Mahy. She has been an important part of many New Zealand children's growing up.
|Author Margaret Mahy with children, by Phil Reid, |
1992. Evening Post Collection,
Alexander Turnbull Library. EPC EP/1992/2237/9
More information here on Stuff.
Update: Some lovely personal comments and reminiscences from everyday people in New Zealand here.