Waikato au­thor signs book deal

Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE - BY BETHANY ROLSTON

A chil­dren’s book writ­ten and il­lus­trated in the Waikato will soon be cap­ti­vat­ing read­ers all around the world.

Te Awa­mutu’s Kat Merewether has signed an in­ter­na­tional deal with UK-based pub­lish­ers Award Pub­li­ca­tions Limited.

Ki­wicorn will be hit­ting shelves in book­stores in the UK, USA and Aus­tralia.

The story fol­lows a gen­derneu­tral pro­tag­o­nist, Ki­wicorn, who em­pow­ers chil­dren to be unique and em­brace their in­di­vid­u­al­ity.

Kat col­lab­o­rated with for­mer Hamil­ton-based il­lus­tra­tor Lo­ryn En­gels­man, who hand-let­tered each word in the book and cre­ated a Ki­wicorn font.

Award Pub­li­ca­tions show­cased

Ki­wicorn at the re­cent Bologna Chil­dren’s Book Fair and Lon­don Book Fair.

The in­ter­na­tional deal is a dream come true for Kat, au­thor and il­lus­tra­tor of the pop­u­lar Kuwi

the Kiwi se­ries.

“On De­cem­ber 31st I wrote a list of 10 things I wanted to achieve in 2018 — be­ing pub­lished in­ter­na­tion­ally was one of them,” Kat says.

“Two days later I found out it would hap­pen. It feels a lit­tle bit sur­real.”

Award Pub­li­ca­tions Limited re­quested only a cou­ple of changes to Ki­wicorn.

It wanted the book to be printed in paperback, rather than hard cover.

It also re­quested the word farts to be changed to “puffs”— which Kat thought was hi­lar­i­ous, but agreed to.

Kat is pos­i­tive the story will be adored by in­ter­na­tional read­ers.

She wants ev­ery child to iden­tify with Ki­wicorn — a char­ac­ter Kat de­scribes as more edgy than some of her char­ac­ters from pre­vi­ous books.

Kat also hopes be­ing pub­lished in­ter­na­tion­ally will boost kiwi con­ser­va­tion.

She is a pas­sion­ate am­bas­sador for Ki­wis for Kiwi, the char­ity ded­i­cated to pro­tect­ing New Zealand’s na­tive and en­dan­gered bird.

It’s ex­cit­ing times for the mother-of-three, who also has an­other book se­ries up her sleeve,

Flit the Fan­tail, pub­lished by Scholas­tic New Zealand and due to come out in June.

Te Awa­mutu’s Kat Merewether has signed an in­ter­na­tional deal with UK-based pub­lish­ers Award Pub­li­ca­tions Limited.

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