The highest accolade in children's literature has gone to a picture book about a young hu-hu grub.
Central Otago writer Kyle Mewburn and Wellington illustrator Rachel Driscoll won the New Zealand Post Children's Book of the Year award for Old Hu-Hu at a ceremony in Auckland on Wednesday night.
The work also won the picture book category.
Judge Rosemary Tisdall says the story is charming and sensitively told and the book was the complete package.
She says it was pleasing to see so many books of outstanding quality.
About 16,000 children voted for the Children's Choice Award, which went to The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith.