Earth­quake cows story con­tin­ues

Kaikoura Star - - OUT & ABOUT - EMMA DANGERFIELD

Re­mem­ber the cows which made head­lines across the world af­ter they were stranded on a grassy is­land fol­low­ing a huge land­slide on their Clarence farm? They are back, and it’s good news. The cows’ owner, Jane Mill­ton, shot to un­ex­pected lit­er­ary fame when she de­cided to tell the cows’ earth­quake story in a chil­dren’s book.

Moo, Moo and the Lit­tle Calf Too was her first foray into writ­ing and was a best­seller straight out of the gates, much to Mill­ton’s sur­prise.

‘‘It was ab­so­lutely huge, I had such amaz­ing feed­back from peo­ple all over the coun­try.

‘‘It’s still sell­ing, and they are reprint­ing more now.’’

It is on the Whit­coulls top 50 chil­dren’s book list, among greats such as Harry Pot­ter and Roald Dahl, and topped the New Zealand chil­dren’s book list for much of the year.

The sec­ond book tells the story of the next gen­er­a­tion of Moos. Nine months on from the Novem­ber earth­quake and Moo and Moo are due to calf.

What will they have? Will they name them Moo too?

The book is a must-have for any­one who loved the first book. Mill­ton wrote the new book rel­a­tively quickly -- she knew the story she wanted to tell, and had a lot of peo­ple ask her when the sec­ond in­stal­ment would be out.

‘‘For a long time it was ‘wait and see’, al­though as early as the first book went to print I knew they were in calf.

‘‘It’s been great fun to do, and I’m very proud of it.’’

While Mill­ton said this would be the last of Moo and Moo, it may not be the last book from her.

‘‘There may well be an­other book, fan­tasy, fun, noth­ing se­ri­ous or fac­tual.

‘‘I’ll only write for chil­dren though, I’m sure I couldn’t do more than 30 pages.’’

Mill­ton worked hard with il­lus­tra­tor Deb­o­rah Hinde again to en­sure ab­so­lute ac­cu­racy, both of the cows them­selves and the land­scape, com­plete with the huge scar on the lime­stone hill.

‘‘The writ­ing has been a great dis­trac­tion from the earth­quake.

‘‘It’s un­be­liev­able to think we are now one year on.‘‘

Moo and Moo and Can You Guess Who will be in book­stores from to­day.

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