PICTURE BOOK FEST DAY 2 – MEET TRUDIE TREWIN

Trudie Trewin is the author of I Lost My Kisses and Wibbly Wobbly Street.

  • She grew up on a farm in South Australia, but says,
  • my outdoor play time was hampered by a condition which left me unable to cope with cold weather – known as ‘Acute Sookie-la-la syndrome’. But don’t worry – having that syndrome had two great outcomes on my life. Number 1… spending half of Autumn and Spring, and the entire Winter inside meant I developed a love of reading. And number 2… it meant I eventually moved to beautiful warm Far North Queensland, where I still live with my husband, three sons and a wardrobe full of shorts and singlets!

Trudie’s acclaimed picture book, I Lost My Kisses is about an adorable cow called Matilda Rose who is worried she has lost her kisses

Matilda Rose loved to kiss. She kissed hello. She kissed goodbye. She kissed good morning and she kissed good night. But one day something went terribly, horribly wrong.

Matilda’s poppa is coming for a visit and the first thing he always wants is a big kiss from Matilda – but she has lot her kisses! Matilda’s mother says they’ll be there when she needs them, but Matilda is not so sure. She sets out to find them, the only trouble is… what do kisses look like?

Nick Bland’s soft illustrations complement the gentle text and it’s no wonder I Lost My Kisses won the 2008 National parenting Publication Award.

So, how did Trudie become an author?

When I left work to have our third son, making it 3 under 3 ½, I joked that I might write a book in my newfound spare time. I actually meant adult fiction, but a workmate assumed I meant children’s books. It planted a seed in my mind, so I enrolled in a course in children’s writing, fell in love with it, and voilà, as they say.

Yeah, embrace your peculiarities. Life’s pretty straight without a wibble or two!

Trudie Trewin’s latest picture book Wibbly Wobbly Street is about the only street in Squareton that’s not straight and smooth and wide. Its non-conformity, and the peculiarities of its residents lead Mayor Angle and his fellow councilors to take some radical action to try and bring it into line with the rest of Squareton.

It’s another book full of quirky gentle humour and a strong theme that it’s okay to be different.

On Friday we’re featuring Catriona Hoy, author of Daddies, Mummies Are Amazing and My Grandad Marches on Anzac Day