Rosie to the Rescue
"Fun rhyming picture book about Rosie the cow, who saves the day! B> n a New Zealand dairy farm, there is a big problem when the farmer can't get the milk to town because of all the mud after weeks of rain. But Rosie - with a bit of number eight wire thinking plus teamwork from the herd - comes up with a novel solution that keeps everyone happy and gets the milk to town. Written by the award-winning Kyle Mewburn, this cute book is full of detail that will appeal to farming people as well as townies."
Kyle Mewburn, the multi-award-winning writer for children, lives in Central Otago in New Zealand but was born in Brisbane, Australia. He completed a degree in Advertising and Journalism at the Queensland Institute of Technology, then took off to see the world. He spent five years hitch-hiking, cycling and working in various jobs, mostly around Europe and the Middle East, acquiring a German wife, Marion, along the way. In 1990, they arrived in New Zealand on a tandem, planning to circum-cycle the country, but after three weeks they rode into Millers Flat ... and decided to stay. Kyle became a full-time writer in 1997, and has written many award-winning books (see below). These include the 2010 NZ Post Book of the Year for Old Huhu (illustrated by Rachel Driscoll), and the 2007 NZ Post Best Picture Book Award and the Children's Choice Award for Kiss! Kiss! Yuk! Yuk!, which was also a 2007 Storylines Notable Picture Book. In 2005, he won the Joy Cowley Award, presented by Storylines Children's Literature Foundation of New Zealand for the development of a picture book text. Kyle was the 2011 University of Otago College of Education Creative New Zealand Children's Writer in Residence. He has represented New Zealand writers at the Leipzig international book festival, and is currently the president of the New Zealand Society of Authors. See more at www.kylemewburn.com, or visit him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/kyle-mewburn-childrens-writer. Awards and shortlistings include: Kiss! Kiss! Yuk! Yuk! (illustrated by Ali Teo and John O'Reilly; 2007 NZ Post Best Picture Book Award and the Children's Choice Award; 2007 Storylines Notable Picture Book; 2010 Flicker Tale Children's Book Award, awarded by the North Dakota Library Association in the United States); No Room for a Mouse (illustrated by Freya Blackwood; 2008 Storylines Notable Picture Book, in both New Zealand and Australia); Duck's Stuck! (illustrated by Ali Teo and John O'Reilly; nominated in the Picture Book category of the 2009 NZ Post Book Awards); Old Huhu (illustrated by Rachel Driscoll; 2010 NZ Post Book of the Year, along with the Maori language edition (translated by Katerina Te Heikoko Mataira), Huhu Koroheke, and finalist in the Picture Book category; 2010 Storylines Notable Picture Book); Hill and Hole (illustrated by Vasanti Unka; 2011 Storylines Notable Picture Book); Hester and Lester (illustrated by Harriet Bailey, winner of the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for Illustration; 2012 Storylines Notable Picture Book); Melu (illustrated by Ali Teo and John O'Reilly; 2013 New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards Children's Choice Award, and finalist in the Picture Book category). Kiwireviews said of Salto-scaredypus: 'Another awesome book from the dream team Mewburn and Bixley.' My best friend are books wrote of Blue Gnu: 'You can always rely on Karl Mewburn to write a book that will make kids laugh and keep them entertained from start to finish a If you are not hooked on Karl Mewburn's books, you will be once you read Blue Gnu.' Melu, illustrated by Ali Teo and John O'Reilly, was, declared the Otago Daily Times, 'a fabulously illustrated, well-written, thought-provoking tale.' Kyle teamed up with Katz Cowley for Seesaw Poo, producing, wrote My best friends are books, 'a great collaboration from two of our most talented authors and illustrators'.