From the moment she is discovered on the doorstep, everyone loves Pooka. She's the best dog ever! 'Don't go getting attached,' Grandad warns. But it's too late for that!
A heart-warming story of a lost dog and the impact she has on a small boy.
A 2013 Children's Book Council of Australia Notable Book
AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR: Carol Chataway was born in England in 1955 and emigrated to Australia in 1965. She graduated from Flinders University in 2004 with first class honours in creative writing where she also won the University Medal for outstanding academic achievement. She now works for a living in the morning and imagines stories in the afternoon. She is the author of four published children's picture books, The Perfect Pet, 2001 and Wings, 2004, Edwina Sparrow, 2007 and You Are My Special Baby, 2011 (Working Title Press). Pooka is her fifth children's book, created while ambling with her dog in the Adelaide Hills. Carol also shares her days with her husband and three sons.
From the moment Nina Rycroft received her childhood copy of Maurice Sendak's In the Night Kitchen, picture books have been her passion. After graduating with a Diploma in Graphic Design from Randwick, in 1992 she spent 6 years working as a designer in Sydney, London and Rome. She returned to Sydney in 1998 with her English husband, Andy, and began working on her first picture book, Little Platypus written by Nette Hilton, which was a 2001 CBCA notable book. In 2008 she illustrated the award-winning picture book Boom Bah! (Working Title Press) written by Phil Cummings which was published in conjunction with the Australian children's theatre production of the same name by Windmill Performing Arts Company. Her other books Elephant Dance (2007) Ballroom Bonanza (2009) (Working Title Press). No More Kisses, (2010) and Now I Am Bigger (2010) (Working Title Press).
Nina recently moved to Auckland from the Blue Mountains with her husband and two children, Charlie and Jayme.