By Mewburn, KyleIllustrated by Bailey, Harriet
Charming story written by experienced and award-winning Kyle Mewburn, and illustrated by Harriet Bailey. Harriet was the very talented winner of the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for Illustration which was highly contested by many amazing illustrators. So it's very exciting that ...we're publishing her first book. When boisterous big-sister Hester finds her pernickity little-brother Lester sitting sadly in the forest, she's keen to put things right. Making a little brother happy isn't always easy - even with a very active imagination! But as they embark on an imaginary adventure, Lester learns something important. Hester and Lester is about the power of imagination, and a special sibling bond. It's a lovely story - the children are completely engrossed in their imaginative play building a castle out of bits and pieces in the back yard. So engrossed, that they see the castle as real and see themselves as being right in it. Harriet's illustrations bring this to life and show us the magical world of Hester and Lester's imaginations. Delightful.Read more
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Harriet Bailey graduated from Christchurch School of Art and Design with a Diploma in Visual Communications, and worked as a graphic designer. She now lives in Wellington and is freelancing and rediscovering her passion for illustration. 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'.
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