At the Bach

An evocative and beautiful bedtime book that distils the essence of summer at the bach; creaky old bed, sandy feet, waves hush-hushing and a shell under the pillow.

This simple poem by internationally renowned Joy Cowley transports the reader instantly to a childhood summer.

Summer holidays by the sea have a rhythm all their own. With a few well chosen images Cowley takes us straight to the end of a long hot day, with beach treasures under the pillow, the sound of the waves and the salty smell of the sea.

Hilary Jean Tapper’s warm watercolour and ink illustrations bring to vivid life a quintessential experience in every childhood.

This title is a special New Zealand edition using the original poem title At the Bach. The international edition is published as Good Night, Good Beach.

“Full of the warmth of friends and family, the basics of the beach and the joy of a simple holiday home.”
National Library of New Zealand, Best Children's Books of 2023

"An ideal bedtime story, where every word counts." The Source, Magpies

“One you will read so often, you’ll know it off by heart and your kids will start joining in.” The Sapling

The Listener Best Children's Books of 2023
Format: Hardback
Imprint: Gecko Press
Published: November 2023
ISBN: 9781776575367

Orders leave our Dunedin shop every business day at 11am. Deliveries take around 2-3 days to the main centres. Please allow an extra couple of days for rural orders.

We only offer delivery within New Zealand at this time.

New Zealand Rates:

Dunedin Central & West Harbour residents: Free delivery

Urban Delivery: $6.50

Rural Delivery: $8.50

Free shipping for orders throughout New Zealand over $75.

We wrap all online orders in our bespoke PICTURA tissue.

You'll also receive a colouring-in sheet plus a bookmark or another little treat from us!