Terry Teo is not your average schoolboy – he’s a skateboarding super-sleuth about to embark on his very first adventure! When he stumbles headfirst into the criminal schemes of the villainous Ray Vegas, Terry finds himself embroiled in a dastardly gun smuggling operation. Along with his karate-chopping sister, Polly, and older brother Ted, Terry must use all his street smarts to avoid Vegas’ henchmen, defeat the smugglers, and save the day!
Originally released in 1982 as Terry and the Gunrunners, this distinctly local take on the Tintin graphic novel format was an instant hit with children across the nation. The popularity of the book made Terry an instantly iconic kiwi character.
This new edition has been digitally remastered and restored from the original artwork and archives, allowing readers to experience Terry’s first adventure in vibrant watercolour – capturing all of the detail and delights of this action-packed, family favourite adventure! There is also an exclusive behind the scenes look at the history of this kiwi icon.
21 cm (8.3") x 26 cm (10.2")
"Terry was special. We see echoes of his deadpan humour and unpretentious personality in Taika Waititi’s films for example, and there’s a whole generation of New Zealand comic artists, myself included, who wouldn’t be here without him. I think the books deserve credit for the path they paved. I’m going to stick my neck out here: I think Terry Teo is the great New Zealand comic. Crikey dick!"
Toby Morris, (On a plate, Flatten the curve)
"Great adventures.No iPhones, no internet. I think I even saw a red telephone box in there. Lots of car chases, bad accents, worse jokes...It's going to be popular with young boys."
-John McIntyre , Childrens Book Reviewer-Nine to Noon, National Radio.
"Bob Kerr’s cartoons are terrific as always and there are lots of little in-house jokes and Kiwi things going on that are smilers when you see one. Stephen Ballantyne’s written text is to the point and captures the whole Kiwi attitude. The highlight for me was the written dialogue of the gunrunners in an Aussie accent. Priceless....This book has high boy appeal for reluctant readers and is certain to win fans at primary and intermediate schools all over again."
-Bob Doherty, Bobs Book Blog
"It’s all jolly good nostalgic fun, with a distinctly kiwi flavour to the illustrations – including the charmingly-named small town Kaupati (say it aloud) with its tiny police station and A&P show. This is truly like travelling back into a time before cellphones, before the internet, into a world where kids get to have the adventures – because the adults are too oblivious or silly to solve the problems themselves. With its fast pace and humour, this graphic novel can now be enjoyed by a new generation, and may especially be embraced by the more reluctant reader."