Oh Boy: A storybook of epic NZ men By Stuart Lipshaw, Penguin Random House, $45 .. .. .. .. .. ..
This is one of those books boys — and girls — are likely to remember into adulthood.
Inside its bright yellow cover there are many kinds of hero, all of them Kiwis.
Not necessarily the blokes doing daring wartime exploits — although Willie Apiata and Charles Upham are there — or saving others’ lives, like surgeon Archibald McIndoe. These are Kiwi blokes who broke through obstacles to follow their dreams or create something unique. They range from runners (Arthur Lydiard) and rugby players (yes, Richie and Jonah are in there and too many sports people), ballet dancers (Jon Trimmer) and comedians (Bret Mckenzie and Jemaine Clement) to the late ophthalmologist Fred Hollows, architect Ian Athfield and artist Ralp Hotere.
These 50 heroes changed the world with a shovel, a microscope or an idea. Their diversity is what makes this book valuable to inspire young lads to follow their own dreams and make a difference.
The illustrations are all different, cartoonish or painterly, by 10 different artists. An inspiring book to inspire and challenge young people — boys or girls — to do something with their lives and nurture their aspirations.