A Wanaka-based author is releasing his eighth book on Monday, complete with a new take on an old story.
Scott Tulloch, who has also illustrated 25 books, has now written The Ugly Kiwi, which uses the national bird as part of a new story based on the Ugly Duckling. Scott said that the story is not only a children’s story but some reflections on society as well.
“It’s my take on the ugly duckling story, but using a Kiwi. The book shows he has a lot of character and courage. Quite often, my books are about the way I see human behaviour. The Kiwi is a metaphor as all the other birds are quite superficial, like a lot of what we see on TV, and we don’t have to be like that,” he said.
Scott is also very passionate about getting kids reading and has spent time touring schools to promote both literacy in New Zealand and the country’s authors and illustrators.
“I never considered myself a reader when I was a child, but comics got me into wanting to be an author. Reading teaches you how to think and be creative and there’s something more reflective about it. It’s your interpretation of what’s being said and I think that’s really important.”
The Ugly Kiwi will be available on Monday, October 9.
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