Author(s): Gavin Bishop
The heart-warming, scary and funny story of a boy's life, told through a teddy bear's eyes. A teddy bear comes into a little boy's life in 1950 when his mother is about to have a new baby. The teddy tells the story of his life - being dragged around, inside and out, on bikes, in wheelbarrows, on all sorts of adventures - and always being well loved. He even learns to read with the boy. As Teddy tells his story, he's also telling the boy's story. And the boy, of course, grows up - and Teddy gets left behind sometimes, once even on the beach overnight. Eventually the boy grows up and Teddy is put away in a trunk where he stays - for 17 years, when he is rediscovered by the boy's three daughters. This complex story has a very poignant back story of Teddy's first owner; it's a memoir of the author's life; it's a moving universal story of the place of a loved toy; and it's a charming depiction of love and loss. Beautifully told and illustrated by the award-winning bestselling author Gavin Bishop.
Gavin Bishop is a highly acclaimed children's book author and illustrator. Born in Invercargill, Gavin graduated from the Canterbury University School of Fine Arts with an honours degree in painting. He taught art at Linwood High School and at Christ's College in Christchurch. He won the Margaret Mahy Medal in 2000, as well as numerous fellowships and national book awards. His book Weaving Earth and Sky won the non-fiction section and the Book of the Year Award of the NZ Post Children's Book Awards 2003. He has won the LIANZA Russell Clark Medal for Illustration four times: Mrs McGinty and the Bizarre Plant (1981); Kiwi Moon (2006); Rats! (2008); and There was a Crooked Man (2010). Among his successful partnerships has been that with writer Joy Cowley, with whom he won the Best in Junior Fiction and Book of the Year at the 2008 NZ Post Children's Book Awards for Snake and Lizard. The Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for Picture Book Illustration was established in 2009 to encourage emergent illustrators and to acknowledge Gavin's contribution to the writing and illustrating of children's picture books. In 2013 he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, and President of Honour of the NZ Society of Authors. In 2013 he was the recipient of The Arts Foundation's Mallinson Rendel Illustrators Award.