The Bomb

By Sacha Cotter

The Bomb

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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. 

Check out Te Pohū the te reo Māori translation. 

SUPREME WINNER, The Margaret Mahy Book of the Year, New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adult, 2019

WINNER, Picture Book Award, New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adult, 2019

WINNER, Scholastic New Zealand Award for Best Children’s Book, PANZ Book Design Awards, 2019

Storylines Notable Book Award, Picture Book, 2019


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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781775503507
  • Pages: 36
  • Format: Softback
  • Language: English
  • Publication Date: 17 Sep 2018

Product Review

A quintessentially New Zealand picture book, this lively and lavishly illustrated story is a humorous tale about a young boy searching for the right methods and techniques to do the perfect bomb into the water. He turns to is much loved Nan, an expert and former champion for advice and, with love and gentle encouragement, learns that it's all about being yourself and finding your own style. It's funny, inspirational, enjoyable and packed full of characters and scenes instantly recognisable to young New Zealanders.Dionne Christian and Zoe Gadd, Weekend Herald
Reading The Bomb is an uplifting and invigorating experience that feels like a breath of fresh summer air. The story follows a boy who longs to pull off the perfect bomb: A booming one, a slapping one, a splashing one, dripping, soaking one!" When he repeatedly falters and fumbles at the last second, his cool old Nan (an erstwhile bomb pro) helps him find the confidence to realise his dream. Fresh, fun, vibrant and distinctly kiwi, this is another fabulous offering from the creative pairing of Sacha Cotter and Josh Morgan. Emma Wood, Otago Daily Times
From the pair who bought you Keys and The Marble Maker comes a timely summer story about a boy practising to perform the best bomb, with the help from his nan. The Listener Best kids' books of 2018
Lyrical, beautiful and uniquely New Zealand. Unity Books
Pops of amazing colour, a gorgeous feel throughout ... gorgeously touching, it really is something special ... It's a very modern take on Kiwi summer just for children.Nikki Ward, Ekor Books.
Another great book by Sacha Cotter and Josh Morgan 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 and I really want to climb Josh's imaginary diving platforms ... and hopefully this book inspire some fabulous swimming costumes this summer.

Perfect for 4-8 year olds - a great one for nanas to share with their moko. Lucy, The Children's Bookshop Kilbirnie

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About the Author

Sacha Cotter

Sacha Cotter has a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning, and spent six years teaching in New Zealand and Spain. She has completed several film courses, and her screenplay Wasabi Peas was a semi-finalist in the L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival in 2013. Sacha is currently teaching. Keys/Ngā Kī is Sacha’s first book and has been a finalist and wi... Read More