Book in­spired by chil­dren’s toys

Horowhenua Chronicle - - PUZZLES - RoS­ALIE WIL­LIS

Olive and Flynn Kitney ran in, fol­lowed by their fa­ther, Scott Kitney, throw­ing two well-loved toys upon the ta­ble — Rabby the rab­bit and Mon­key the mon­key.

They look like the kind of toys that have been to the moon and back — not sparkling and shiny like an iPad but slightly off colour and warn out.

Ex­cep­tion­ally well loved, these toys have in­spired Rabby and Mon­key’s Ad­ven­ture, a book writ­ten by nine-year-old Olive and turned into a hard­cover book by her soft­ware de­vel­oper fa­ther Scott.

Al­most two years ago the story was writ­ten by Olive as part of a home­work ex­er­cise.

“It was a home­work writ­ing ex­er­cise that evolved into a story board,” Scott said.

Olive cre­ated a story of friend­ship, ad­ven­ture and the quest for food taken by Rabby and Mon­key, who end up on a jour­ney that takes them far away from home.

The book was orig­i­nally based on a true story, with the tale of Rabby and Mon­key be­com­ing friends and go­ing on ad­ven­tures to­gether re­flect­ing Olive and Flynn’s ad­ven­tures to­gether.

“Mon­key was found in a book­store and was given to Flynn as a baby, and Rabby al­ready ex­isted as Olive was given that when she was young and so they be­came friends as their own­ers grew up.

“The kitchen in the book is the same kitchen the kids grew up in when they were lit­tle,” he said. The book was il­lus­trated by Scott, who has grand plans to get a kick­starter campaign go­ing so that they can pub­lish more of the books for oth­ers.

“We showed lots of peo­ple the book and they liked it, so we thought we’d print some more.”

In ad­di­tion to sell­ing the book the fam­ily is also plan­ning on giv­ing a copy of the book to a chil­dren’s hospi­tal for ev­ery book they sell.

“All the copies we orig­i­nally printed have gone now.

“They’ve been given away so we de­cided that we will try and pub­lish more. For ev­ery copy of the book that we sell we will be do­nat­ing a copy of the book to a chil­dren’s hospi­tal, some to Welling­ton, Star­ship in Auck­land and a bunch in Amer­ica and Canada that we have con­nec­tions with.

“It just seemed like a nice idea.

“We have lots of plans for the kick­starter campaign and thought it would be nice for this to be part of it.”

Rabby and Mon­key’s Ad­ven­ture.

Olive, Scott and Flynn Kitney hold­ing Rabby and Mon­key who in­spired the book

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