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The Heading Dog Who Split in Half: Legends and Tall Tales from New Zealand by Michael Brown and Mat Tait (July 2016)

Reviewed Wireless Books Otago Access Radio

New Zealand has a rich tradition of folk legends and tall tales.  The Heading Dog Who Split in Half collects together some of the best of these, artfully adapted as graphic tales.  Together these stories conjure up the 'old, weird New Zealand': a place of phantom waka, ruined castles, romantic escapades in the early whaling days, magical sheepdogs, garantuan crayfish and more.  They uncover a New Zealand not found in the history books, a country half-familiar, half-dream where the past is made strange and new.

The Heading Dog Who Split in Half is a remarkable and compelling collaboration between writer Michael Brown and comics artist Mat Tait which will not only appeal to graphic novel fans young and old, but to aficionados of Kiwi cultural history.

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