Tag: Murray Ball

Mrs Windyflax and the Pungapeople

Mrs Windyflax and the Pungapeople by Barry Crump; ill. Murray Ball (Hodder Moa Beckett, 1995) Though Crump’s rhyming verse and storyline aren’t up to much, Ball renders this children’s picture book visually resplendent through a mix of vibrant cartoon watercolours and his more usual Footrot Flats-type illustrations. The New Zealand landscapes offer a pleasing point of difference.    

Footrot Flats: The Long Weekender

Footrot Flats: The Long Weekender by Murray Ball (Hachette New Zealand, 2008) If anything, this beautiful hardcover is a little too big (an odd complaint)! Its dimensions make for awkward, heavy reading, and it compiles Ball’s weekend comics strips comprehensively rather than selectively. Brilliantly drawn, wryly evocative of farm life… but for collectors only.