Saturday, July 11, 2009

Two new books from Kyle Mewburn

Scruffy Old Cat by Kyle Mewburn, illustrated by Heath McKenzie, published by Little Hare, ISBN 978 1 921272 75 2 RRP $12.99 Target age 6-9 years

Lily likes to stay tidy - in fact she likes everything to be perfect around her until Pop Hooper's mobile pet shop drives into town, then everything turns to shambles. Pop Hooper offers her a kitten for 24 hours but it is so far removed from the dream kitten she has always wished for. Let's face it - this smelly, scruffy cat will never live up to Lily's expectations - or will it?

A delightfully funny tale by Kyle Mewburn, award winning author of Kiss, Kiss, Yuck, Yuck; Duck Stuck and Hopplepop. Kyle says that everyone tends to think their cat is the perfect pet (he does) yet when he goes to friends' houses they think their cat is the cutest cat out. Of course, when Kyle was young his most perfect pet was a dragon. He never got one but he did nurse an egg into a chick. The chick grew up into a pesky rooster called Oscar that thought Kyle was its mother until it met a tragic end (but that's another story). Kyle attributes the idea for the series to his 17 your old moggy called Momo (who has also since died but from old age).
Funny Little Dog by Kyle Mewburn, illustrated by Heath McKenzie, published by Little Hare
ISBN 978 1 921272 76 9 RRP $12.99 Target age 6-9 years
Flyn spends most of his time avoiding Toby Downer's gang. Flyn would be the first to admit he is a chicken and imagines owning a ferocious dog called Chomper that will help him out of his troubles. Unfortunately, Pop Hooper doesn't have one of those dogs instead he gives Flyn a funny scaredy little dog called Pumpkin. Flyn fears he will be the laughing stock of the school but is surprised how events turn out.

Another book in the series about Pop Hooper's Perfect Pets. Six to nine year olds are going to love these early chapter books told with humour and sprinkled with illustrations throughout. Kyle has just finished writing the next two books in the series: look out for one about a pony and another about a turtle due out March 2010.

Kyle Mewburn says he has a picture book called 'Old Huhu' due out September and he has also written an environmental series and Auzzie Yarns for the Australian market. He's well suited for the job because he originally came from Brisbane. Now he lives in Millers Flat, Central Otago, which is way out in the countryside near Dunedin.

Kyle says he often gets his ideas when he is working in the garden (which could be on the top of his house because it has grass growing out of it). He says he likes lots of quiet then he can write from 7.00am to 3.00pm every day.
"I spend a lot of that time rewriting and rehashing what I wrote the day before."
He enjoys visiting schools and says his book 'Kiss Kiss Yuck Yuck' gets a round of applause from children - even before he starts talking about it.
Reviewed by Maria Gill

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