Oh Boy: A Storybook of Epic NZ Men

Author(s): Stuart Lipshaw

NZ Non Fiction | Biography & Autobiography

There are many kinds of hero! OH BOY is a striking collection of true stories about amazing New Zealand men who busted stereotypes and broke through obstacles to follow their passion.


Heroes can wear rugby boots or ballet shoes. They can go on adventures, build rockets, or save lives. They can change the world with a shovel, a microscope or an idea. And YOU can become one of them!


Just some of the amazing men whose stories are featured in this book are Billy T James, Bret McKenzie, Bruce McLaren, Edmund Hillary, Ernest Rutherford, Fred Hollows, Jemaine Clement, Jonah Lomu, Kelly Tarlton, Liam Malone, Neil Finn, Peter Jackson, Richie McCaw, Steven Adams, Taika Waititi, Willie Apiata, Witi Ihimaera - and many, many more. Find out all about how they rose to the challenge and overcame obstacles and stereotypes about what men can do!


Their stories are accompanied by equally fabulous portraits specially created for the book by ten exceptional New Zealand-based illustrators- Ant Sang, Bob Kerr, Daron Parton, Elliot O'Donnell (aka Askew One), Fraser Williamson, Michel Mulipola, Neil Bond, Patrick McDonald, Toby Morris and Zak Waipara.


A companion volume to the number-one bestseller GO GIRL, OH BOY is essential and inspirational reading for New Zealanders of all ages. And that includes you too, grown ups!

Lucy's Review:


Fifty epic NZ men join the fifty epic NZ women from this year's fabulous Go Girl by Barbara Else. We have been flooded with books about incredible women this year - and we'd put Go Girl right at the top of that list - not just because it is about NZ women, but because it is so beautifully written and illustrated. And Oh Boy is right at the top of the books about awesome men for the same reasons.


Ten exceptional New Zealand-based illustrators - Ant Sang, Bob Kerr, Daron Parton, Elliot O'Donnell (aka Askew One), Fraser Williamson, Michel Mulipola, Neil Bond, Patrick McDonald, Toby Morris and Zak Waipara - have done an amazing job illustrating short biographies of men like comedians Jermaine Clement & Bret McKenzie, dancer Neil Ieremia, artists Ralph Hotere and Colin McCahon, surgeon Swee Tan - as well as the more commonly "biographied" Richie McCaw and Jonah Lomu.


A great book for ages 4-10.


Product Information

Stuart Lipshaw is managing editor at New Zealand’s biggest publishing house, Penguin Random House NZ, and works with many of New Zealand’s finest writers to make incredible books. 


Writing a book of his own has been a lifetime dream come true – and he stayed up late at night for months to make it happen. 


He lives in Auckland with his wife Bridget and their two energetic boys, Marcus and Eddie.

General Fields

  • : 9780143772545
  • : Penguin Group New Zealand, Limited
  • : Puffin Books
  • : October 2018
  • : 2.8 Centimeters X 19.8 Centimeters X 25.5 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 305.31092293
  • : 208
  • : Stuart Lipshaw
  • : Hardback
  • : Various