Orlando’s review a winner
CATS might like to hide in boxes, but you’re more likely to find Orlando Quartermain buried in a book.
The five-year-old Ficino School student is the youngest winner of the Lunch Pack competition for New Zealand Book Month.
He was selected for his review of My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes by Eve Sutton and Lynley Dodd.
In his review he describes the book as “quite silly and tuneful”, and says he likes it very much.
Orlando says his favourite cat in the book is the one from Spain that flies an aeroplane.
He loves reading and says his favourite book is A Dragon in a Wagon.
For his prize Orlando attended a ceremony at the Auckland Civic Theatre last Wednesday and was given a gift pack including books and book vouchers.
Celebrities at the ceremony included kids TV presenter Suzy Cato and Warriors team members. The prizewinners then went behind the scenes of kids’ TV show Studio 2.
Orlando says the best part was going into the green room and spelling out words using their bodies while viewers at home guessed the words.
“He had a great time, it was neat,” says Orlando’s dad Guy.
The competition was launched this year and allowed primary and intermediate pupils nationwide to give their opinions on the country’s top 25 books, selected by the Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust.
Book month festival director Michele Powles says there was a wide range of quality entries.
Story time: Orlando Quartermain is the youngest winner of this year’s Lunch Pack competition.