Miniwings #2: Whizz's Internet Oopsie

Author Sutton,Sally

Illustrator Richards,Kirsten

Item Code 8506823

Product Type Book

Format Paperback

ISBN 9781775434245

Series Miniwings


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Sshh... NOT for parents! You can keep a SECRET, right?

Clara and I have a herd of tiny, talking, whizzie-whooshy, flying horses–and they’re REAL! It’s true. Those naughty Miniwings get us into so much TROUBLE.

Who would have thought a computer game could lead to such classroom CHAOS!
Genre: Fantasy & Magical Realism, Animal Stories, Humorous Stories Reading Level: Lower Primary, Upper Primary, Middle Primary School Year: Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 Ages: 7 to 10 Page Count: 96
Sally Sutton

Where were you born? Where do you live now?

I was born in Auckland—and I still live here!

Where did you go to school? Did you have a nickname?
I went to the same lovely school my two daughters go to: Verran Primary in Birkenhead. I didn’t have a nickname at school (or if I did, no one told me!) At home, I was called Scrapbucket because I would eat anything (still do!)

What were you like in school? What is the naughtiest thing you did?
I was shy and quiet and pretty well behaved BUT I didn’t like sport. So every Tuesday at 2 p.m. exactly, I would get a mysterious headache. The teachers must have known I was a lost cause (maybe they’d seen me running around the softball bases the wrong way), because they always let me go and sit in the reading corner and read. Good call! The kids playing softball thought so too.

What was your favourite book growing up?
I loved the poem 'Jim, Who Ran Away From His Nurse and Was Eaten By a Lion' in Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary Tales (still do!)

Who is your favourite children’s author?
Margaret Mahy.

What is your favourite food/colour/movie?
I’m Scrapbucket, remember? I’ll eat anything! My favourite colour is purple. I have lots of favourite movies: I love listening to French, German and Italian so mostly they’re in these languages.

Who inspired you to write?
All good writers whose books I enjoy have inspired me to write (still do)!

How did you get started? How old were you?
I decided I wanted to be a writer when I was six. I have been writing ever since I learned how to spell. No, let's be honest. Before I learned how to spell.

Why did you want to be a writer?

I love words. They are like music! And I love making things up. Also, as you already know, I am very bad at softball.

How do you think up ideas?

Ideas are absolutely everywhere, but they are like little seeds: they won’t grow unless you spend a lot of time feeding and watering them, and working out where to plant them. Sometimes they can be a bit alarming: you think you’ve got a lovely sweet pea, and it turns out to be a pumpkin.

Do you have a special place where you write?
I can write just about anywhere. I never procrastinate, I just get on with the job. As long as it’s somewhere quiet. And as long as I have a cup of coffee. Or maybe two cups. A view doesn’t hurt: maybe some sky and trees, or the sea. And I need pastries: those yummy French ones with the chocolate and custard inside. And—Oh, yes. As I was saying … I never procrastinate, I just get on with the job …

What is the best thing about being an author?
Making kids smile.

Have you had a funny or embarrassing moment as an author?
Funny! During an author visit, I made the mistake of asking some kindy kids if they had any questions. One of them asked: 'Why did the chicken cross the road?' They spent the next half hour telling jokes and rolling on the floor laughing.

What do you do when you are not writing?
I’m a Mum to two girls.

What would you have chosen to be if you were not an author?

An astronaut.

Which famous person from the past would you like to talk to?
Goldilocks. (Yes, of course she was a real person!) She has a lot of explaining to do.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?
Oh no, I have WAY too many bad habits for that!

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