Maurice Shadbolt (1932-2004) is one of New Zealand’s best known fiction writers and the author of twelve novels, four collections of stories, and a number of works of nonfiction. His work has been widely published in the UK, USA, and Germany, and he has won many literary awards throughout his prestigious career. Shadbolt was awarded a CBE in 1989 for services to literature, and several of his titles are now considered New Zealand classics. The Mountain Who Wanted to Live in a House is his only known children’s book and is published here for the first time. Renee Haggo is a graduate of AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand, where she majored in Graphic Design. She primarily illustrates with pen and ink, watercolors, and acrylics. She has a keen eye for realism and is an avid sketcher and life drawer.