Bio about Gavin Bishop: Gavin Bishop is a very well known illustrator and writer of children’s books. He grew up in the South Island and he lives in Christchurch now. His first book is called Mrs McGinty and the Bizarre Plant and was published in 1981. He has won a lot of awards for writing and illustrating. Now he writes and illustrates books for his full time job. Gavin has a new book out in time for Christmas called, Teddy One-Eye (Random House, 2014)
Bio about Daniel Lovewell: Daniel Lovewell is 5 years old and lives in Porirua with his whole family. His favourite things in the world are books and cats and books about cats. He started reading when he was two years old and started writing poems when he was four. He also loves music and is going to be very famous one day.
What is your favourite kind of poem? I like poems that rhyme.
Have you had any poems written by school kids read to you? A few. But I don’t remember what they were, sorry.
Do you think good picture books need to rhyme? No. Most picture books are not written in rhyme. Mainly people who are not very good at writing try to write stories in rhyme.
What’s the best thing about being an author? Talking to people like you.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? An artist. I am not sure I knew what an artist was though. And in those days very few people could live by being an artist without having another job.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books? I like Margaret Mahy and I like The Hobbit.
What is your normal working day like? When I am working on a book, I work all day from about 9am to about 5pm. At the moment though I am cleaning up the garden because we have not been living in our house for 6 months and the place is a big mess.
What a great interview thanks Daniel and Gavin. Gavin has one long, deliciously fun poem in A Treasury of NZ Poems for Children called ‘Raisin’ Chickens.’ Gavin is an extraordinary illustrator as this range of his book covers shows.