The Bomb

Author(s): Sacha Cotter; Josh Morgan (Illustrator)

NZ Picture Books

In this story about being true to oneself, a boy searches for the secret to doing the perfect bomb into the water. With training from Nan, an expert and former champion, and by listening to his own voice, he finds his unique style and pulls off a wonderful, acrobatic, truly awe-inspiring bomb.

Lucy's Review:


Hear my song, see my lines,
check my moves, they're so fine.
See me soar, see me fly,
see me swooping through the sky.
But watch out for my ...


Areare mai ki taku wai,
tahuri mai he pohuu te kai,
ahakoa he iti, he rearea taku rite,
ka nui tonu te paratii, taihoe koe ka kite.
Teenei ka rere, teenei ka topa, ko te rangi toona tohu.
Nau mai te katoa, konei tooku ...


It's summer and everyone is out doing bombs. This boy has an awesome teacher in his nan and advice from everyone but he still can't seem to get it right. Maybe he's just not cut out for the bomb life? But then he figures out the secret...

Another great book from Sacha Cotter and Josh Morgan (Keys, The Marble Maker) but I love this one best of all. It has a real kiwi tone to the language and I love that the te reo edition seems to have been written alongside the English edition. The illustrations are delicious - I really really want to climb Josh's imaginary diving platforms...and hopefully this book will inspire some fabulous swimming costumes this summer.

Perfect for 4-8 year olds - and a great one for nans to share with the mokos.


Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9781775503507
  • : Huia Publishers
  • : Huia Publishers
  • : September 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Sacha Cotter; Josh Morgan (Illustrator)
  • : 823.3