Moo and Moo and can you guess who?
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’ owners, 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 give birth.
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. We have to be positive, I think a lot of good will come from [the quake].
‘‘We have some pretty amazing new beaches and the highway will be fantastic.’’
Moo and Moo and Can You Guess Who will be in bookstores from today.
Author Jane Millton is hoping to repeat her success with her second Moo book, out this week.