Grandad's Wheelies

Grandad's Wheelies

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When Jack visits his grandparents, they tell him stories - each outdoing the other with a tale taller and wilder than the last. When Jack visits his grandparents, there's no television to entertain him. No internet, no mobile phone, no tablets. In fact, there's no technology or modern distractions at all. But he still likes to visit, because Grandad and Granny tell him stories - each trying to outdo the other with a tale taller and wilder than the last. Did you ever hear about the dragon of Waitemata harbour? Or the bridge between the North and South islands? Or why the Beehive is round in shape - and who REALLY made the Marlborough Sounds? And then there's the pumpkin larger than a garden shed, and a wheelbarrow that converts into a boat for a seasick kangaroo. There are lost false teeth, eels and the ingenious invention of the world's first rotary clothesline helicopter ...and a flying train that touches down at the station in Nelson. With equally wild watercolour illustrations throughout by Bob Kerr, Grandad's Wheelies is a hilarious, rollicking yarn stitching together a picture of life in New Zealand a couple of generations back that is just about true.
Jack can't get enough of his Grandad and Granny's stories - and readers young and old will love them too!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 129 x 196 x 21mm | 140g
  • Penguin Group (NZ)
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • 0143507338
  • 9780143507338
  • 426,537

About Jack Lasenby

Jack Lasenby, one of New Zealand's best-known writers for young people, was born in Waharoa in 1931. The same year there was the Great Depression and the Napier Earthquake, so it was called the Year of Disappointments. In the 1950s Jack was a deer culler and possum trapper in the Ureweras. He became a teacher, edited that cultural treasure the School Journal, and lectured in English at the remarkable Wellington Teachers' College, where he began his first novel. He's published many award-winning books such as Because We Were the Travellers and the Seddon Street Gang trilogy (Dead Man's Head, The Waterfall, and The Battle of Pook Island). In 2014, Jack was given the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement, recognising his ooutstanding contribution to New Zealand literatureo. He writes in a flat high above the tumultuous city of Wellington, enjoying its great winds and stormy skies, and ranting to the people far below, who take no notice and can't hear him anyway. Bob Kerr first illustrated one of Jack's books years ago. His daughter Kathleen was so excited she demanded that they go and meet the famous author. They travelled for days by steam train and Model T Ford, and finally found Jack fishing from the front window of his house beside Porirua Harbour. "Would you like a cup of tea and a slice of sponge cake?" asked Jack. "Yes, yes, yes!" said Kathleen, jumping up and down on Jack's sofa. When Bob realised that authors could afford sponge cake he started writing his own books. These include Mechanical Harry, which won the Children's Choice Award at the 1997 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, and After The War, which won the PANZ Book Design Award for Best Use of Illustration in 200
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