My 'If you were a Kowhai' book was purchased today and was described as: 'Brilliant'. (Thank you!) And other reviews have called it, 'Bizaaaahrely beautiful' or 'A love story to love forever'. It's a lovely little gem that I wrote when I was working for The Mind Lab. Back then I was teaching computational thinking and how to use it in the classroom to a bunch of teachers and I thought, why not start at the start? Kids could really use this stuff! So...
I wrote a rhyming love story for my daughter's third birthday (her middle name is Kowhai) using all kinds of kiwi iconography and then I wove in all of my loves of pattern making, illustration, bad rhymes ('If you were a chip, I'd be your dip' is my favourite 'bad' rhyme from the book) and this little book was born. PLUS the illustrations are designed as a teaching tool for geeky parents who want to do some fun activities with their kids so there is a super geeky 'teaching tools' section at the end which you can ignore if you just want to focus on the hug-ending.
The ultimate love story
It even ends with a hug
It's a bit cute.
It's also really different from my first book, 'I think I saw a Pukeko' (now out of print) but equally funny and memorable.
And that's my story.
You can get it in my shop here.