My Meerkat Mum

Author Paul,Ruth

Item Code 8495482

Product Type Book

Format Hardback

ISBN 9781775434894


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From best-selling author Ruth Paul comes this delightful picture book celebrating mothers and their children.

Up. Down. Dig. Play. Meerkat Mum leads the way.
Snuggle up, little pup, Join them in a meerkat day!

Genre: Animal Stories Subject: Mother’s Day Reading Level: Foundation, Lower Primary School Year: Pre-School, Foundation, Year 1, Year 2 Ages: 3 to 7 Page Count: 24
Name: Ruth Natalie Collette Paul

Where were you born? Where do you live now?
I was born in Island Bay, near the sea, and now live in Makara, near the sea. I’m a Wellingtonian, born and bred.

Where did you go to school? Did you have a nickname?
Saint Madeleine Sophies in Island Bay and Saint Marys in the city. My nickname was not saintly at all. It was Rufus Roughguts.

What were you like in school? What is the naughtiest thing you did?
I never did anything I thought was naughty, but lots that I thought was funny. In hindsight, the funny things were really quite naughty, but I’m not spilling the beans.

What was your favourite book growing up?
I loved Amelia Bedelia and all the Dr Seuss books, and I remember going through an Alfred Hitchcock’s Three Investigators phase. I used to love the made-up stories my Dad told me in bed, and the Saturday morning stories on National Radio.

Who is your favourite children’s author?
I’m a magpie—there are too many to name.

What is your favourite food/colour/movie?
Apples and cheese (together). Red. Bob Roberts.

Who inspired you to write and illustrate?
I had a cool art teacher at secondary school called Sister Stella Maris. My mum was pretty encouraging too. Otherwise, anything 'arty' wasn’t really considered to be a money earner so I was more discouraged than encouraged.

How did you get started? How old were you?
Super-old. I went to Polytech at around 24 to study illustration. I didn’t start writing till 2004.

Why did you want to be a writer and illustrator?
Because I didn’t want to work in an office (I always ended up doing things that I thought were funny
but were probably naughty, in offices), and I was tired of being a waitress.

How do you think up ideas?
When the stars, the gods and the planets align, a good idea arrives. It helps to have a mind that’s
on the lookout and ready to notice the good idea when it’s lurking.

Do you have a special place where you write and illustrate?
I like writing in bed. I put my head under a pillow and think a story through, sometimes imagining the pictures. For illustrating, I have a room off my garage that I work in. It’s nice to be able to shut a door on my mess, and the dog’s even-bigger mess (he chews up bits of wood/paper/pot-plant holders, and drops lots of hair on my studio floor).

What is the best thing about being an author and illustrator?
Being an illustrator when I can’t write and being a writer when I can’t draw.

Have you had a funny or embarrassing moment as an author and illustrator?
There was a little girl who thought I was an author and an alligator. There was the time I fell off my chair. The time I had cow-poo on my shoes. The time…oh, there’s just too many.

What do you do when you are not writing and illustrating?
Have a big enormous wonderful life.

What would you have chosen to be if you were not an author and illustrator?
A policewoman? A politician? A lawyer? Seems they all involve arguing. I’m quite good at that.

Which famous person from the past would you like to talk to?

Adam and Eve. I would say 'What were you thinking?!'.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?

It wasn’t me. (I swear it was only a joke).
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