The Sun Is a Star

A voyage through the universe

Dick Frizzell

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Hard cover


An enchanting book about our galaxy by a much-loved painter

‘The universe — and everything in it — is always expanding into tomorrow. What a scene, eh? More magic than magic. Magic, mysterious and beautiful. And here we are. On the third rock from the sun, figuring it out.’

In this enchanting book for readers of all ages, renowned New Zealand painter Dick Frizzell takes his lifelong interest in the stars, the planets, space and the universe and turns it into a book that demystifies everything from White Dwarves and black holes to space travel. His artist friends, including John Pule, Greg O’Brien, John Reynolds, Judy Darragh, Reuben Patterson, Grahame Sydney, Karl Maughan, Ani O’Neill, Reg Mombassa and Wayne Youle, provide the illustrations.

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‘One may be surprised at what can be learned from this book. The level of research and the ease to which it is explored suggests a thorough and expert level of knowledge on Frizzell’s part. Who would have thought that more can be learned from a celebrated painter than from years at high school! Perhaps there is opportunity for a spin off science career for the renowned painter. If The Sun Is a Star: A voyage through the universe is anything to go by, then options are endless — and to the betterment of us all.’ — Chris Reed, NZ Booklovers

‘A dazzling book‘ — Paula Green, NZ Poetry Shelf

  • CATEGORY: Art, design and architecture, History
  • ISBN: 9780995146563
  • PUBLISHER: Massey University Press
  • IMPRINT: Massey University Press
  • PUBLISHED: 07/10/2021
  • PAGE EXTENT: 104
  • FORMAT: Hard cover
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Dick Frizzell MNZM is one of New Zealand’s best known and most versatile painters. He studied at the Ilam School of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury.