Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Squeakopotamus - Best-selling children’s duo Dawn McMillan and Ross Kinnaird return with a giant-sized character to charm small readers

By Dawn McMillan, Illustrated by Ross Kinnaird
Published by Oratia Books
ISBN: 978-0-947506-11-7
$19.99, paperback

Dawn McMillan and Ross Kinnaird have crafted some of the most popular New Zealand kids’ titles in recent years, and their new book Squeakopotamus promises to continue the winning streak of bestsellers I Need a New Bum! And Doctor Grundy’s Undies.

Squeakopotamus is a pet unlike any other:
Is he a hippo that looks like a mouse
Or, is he a mouse too big for this house?

Just who or what is Squeakopotamus? And how will the kids, Mum and Dad keep him fed?

A memorable tale for younger readers, Squeakopotamus crosses hippo-sized fun and zany illustrations with mouse-proud rhyme, rhythm and a happy ending. Here is a lovable big character who promises to win a place in the hearts of small readers everywhere.

Dawn McMillan is a much-loved writer of children’s books and educational readers, who lives north of Thames. She has enjoyed a number of successful collaborations with Ross Kinnaird, an internationally recognised illustrator who lives in Birkenhead, Auckland. I Need a New Bum! (2012) continues to be a New Zealand bestseller, and they’ve followed up with popular books Doctor Grundy’s Undies and Mister Spears and his Hairy Ears.

Coromandel-based fans of Dawn and her books will be able to join in the fun activities to celebrate the release of Squeakopotamus at Thames Paper Power on Thursday 6 October at 3.30pm (phone 07 868 6447) and at Carson’s Bookshop on NZ Bookshop Day Saturday 29 October (phone 07 868 6301).

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