Northland seven-year-old launches first children’s book

A Northland youngster has become a published author at just seven years of age.

Pipiwai farm girl Madison Macmillan, a student at St Francis Xavier Catholic School in Whangarei, has this week launched the book – ‘The Good Baby and the Bad Hippo’.

The story is a journey of a friendship that develops after a difference of opinion and an agreement to be truthful and eat healthy.

Madison wrote the story on her way home from school one day and has since followed it up with another heart-warming story – ‘The Good Baby and the Hairy Monster’ – while a third storyline is now underway.

Having been an ambassador for the Northland Rescue Helicopter for a number of years and having helped with numerous fundraising efforts, Madison wants to donate $3 of every book sold to the Whangarei-based air ambulance service. The book is selling for $10.

She says writing the book was fun as she loves reading and writing.

“I wrote the book because my teacher read a story and I got an idea. The message of the book is to be kind and don’t lie,” says Madison.

However, the story could not have been brought to life without the talent of 14-year-old Paige Kean from Whangarei Heads. She illustrated the book over a two-week period and says she really enjoying bringing to life the story that Madison created.

Paige will sell the book to raise money for an Antipodeans trip to Cambodia in 2019, where she will be involved in community development work.

Two copies are now on route to the National Library of New Zealand so that ‘The Good Baby and the Bad Hippo’ can be made available to members of the public.

The Good Baby and the Bad Hippo can be purchased at Kamo Books and Gifts.