Saturday, 12 August 2017

Olly and Kookoo

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Olly and Kookoo (1999) (Post 225)

Olly and Kookoo is one of the nine Olympic Mascots titles I did as a commission in the lead up to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. In this story, Olly, the kookaburra mascot, who was the messenger and cheer squad leader for many of the athletes, gets so involved in his job that he neglects his little sister Kookoo who is excited about his job and wants to help.

Naturally, Olly comes to his senses and finds Kookoo and her friends a role to fulfill. Kookoo is my own invention, as was Millie's Aunty Spike, and her name is obviously derived from Kookaburra. The theme or moral here is Charity Begins at Home, which is something I've addressed in a range of titles. The problem of great achievers who are so busy achieving or doing great things for society that they don't or can't give much attention to those who have a right to that attention is one of those insoluble problems in real life. Lucky we can fix it in a children's story.


Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 is to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. If you enjoyed a post, or want to ask about any of my books or my manuscript assessment service.

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