SHORTLISTED FOR 2021 ELSIE LOCKE AWARD FOR NON-FICTION, NZ BOOK AWARDS FOR CHILDREN & YOUNG ADULT
The sequel to the bestselling Mophead.
In Mophead Tu, Selina is crowned Commonwealth Poet and invited to perform for the Queen in Westminster Abbey. But when someone at work calls her a 'sellout', Selina starts doubting herself. Can she stand with her people who struggled against the Queen . . . and serve the Queen?
From the sinking islands in the south seas to the smoggy streets of London, Mophead Tu: The Queen's Poem is a hilariously thought-provoking take on colonial histories and one poet's journey to bridge the divide. Selina has to work out where she stands and how to be true to herself. She has to build a bridge from her sinking islands in the south seas to the smoggy streets of London. And she has to write a poem. None of it is easy. All of it is hilarious and moving. Featuring Megan and Harry, piglets and climate change, Mophead Tu: The Queen's Poem is colonialism 101 for kids. It will make you laugh and make you think.
NZ Book Awards wrote "When you achieve a dream but people call you a ‘sell out’, what do you do? Can you serve the Queen and still stand with your people, who struggled against the Crown? Mophead showed us the journey, now Mophead Tu shows us that the destination sometimes comes with its own set of challenges. It’s an aspirational and inspirational tale, told in bold illustrations, and with even bolder words."
Selina Tusitala Marsh, Selina Tusitala Marsh
H: 235mm W: 180mm