PUBLICATION AUGUST 2016
"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
"Jack Lasenby is one of our finest writers for children, a status recognised in 2014 when he was awarded the 2014 Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement. Born in Waharoa, New Zealand in 1931, during the 1950s Jack was a deer-culler and possum trapper in the Ureweras. He's a former school teacher, lecturer in English at the Wellington Teachers' College, and editor of the School Journal. The author of over 30 books for children, which include the Aunt Effie series, the Uncle Trev titles, The Sedden Street Gang' trilogy, The Travellers' quartet and the Harry Wakatipu books, Jack has been the recipient many times of the most highly regarded children's book awards: the Esther Glen Medal, the Aim Children's Book Award, and the New Zealand Post Children's Book Award. Jack Lasenby lives in Wellington where he sets aside time most days for writing and reading."