Jospehine Carson Barr talks to NZ Booklovers about her latest book.
Tell us a little bit about The Sava Chair.
The Sava Chair (pronounced Save a ) this is a picture book written and illustrated in collaboration with my son Simon Barr. Nicholas and his cousin Chantelle are on holiday at the beach with their amazing Aunty Em and they come across a mysterious object in the mud. It is the story of retrieving the object and restoring it to its former glory.
What inspired you to write this story?
I love the ideas of recycling, reusing, zero waste and sustainable living and wanted to write a fun book to share with children.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I love coming up with ideas and words that will make children laugh but also to think. I liked putting TeReo Maori words throughout the story and being able to include a character who is Deaf.
What is your favourite part of the book?
This is a very difficult question as I love the whole book, but I think the Blackboard in the back of the book which includes Aunty Em’s Top Tips for Saving the Planet.
Would you like to see you book made into a movie?
A. Yes a small animated movie would be wonderful. Simon Barr the illustrator trained as an animator so this is part of his vision for our books.
What is on the agenda for you next?
We have another Chair Book nearly ready to be printed which will give us four in this series and I would like to make that five.