DON’T GO NEAR THE CREEK
Written by Adam Blackwell
Illustrated by Paul Rees
A new autobiographical story depicting a young boy’s first big adventure in 1970s New Zealand.
On the surface, Don’t Go Near the Creek is a child’s adventure story depicting the risks associated with not following parental instructions, but underneath that, it is also an awakening of understanding about caring for other creatures, cleaning up the environment and turning pollution into a business opportunity! Told in rhyme and with Paul’s beautiful, rich illustrations to depict a suburb in the Hutt Valley in the 1970s, the story also celebrates a love of reading and the self-motivation of this particular young reader to grow his little library!
- BEAUTIFUL HARD COVER CLASSIC: Designed to be immersive enough to help early readers ‘read along’ with the spoken rhyming word, and find visual clues and comedic moments in the rich illustrations.
- ACKNOWLEDGING THE NON-SPORTY HERO: An unconventional hero who isn’t sporty or even very healthy, finds the strength to bring his own adventure to life even though it may mean breaking some rules laid down by his strict but caring mother. It’s a story about growing up and treading your own path when you feel you’re ready.
Publication Date: Friday 1 December 2023
Recommended Retail Price: $NZ29.90 / Wholesale $17.90 + GST
Binding: Hard Cover
Format: 305mm x 215mm
Extent: 28 pages
Adam Blackwell was always enterprising and creative, judging by the autobiographical children’s tale Don’t Go Near The Creek. His first children’s picture book is a collaboration with artist Paul Rees and captures a memorable moment in his idyllic Hutt Valley childhood in the 1970s.
The constraints of modern-day living have just about snuffed out our adventurous childhood exploration in our suburban outdoors. But Adam Blackwell reminds us of the freedoms we had to explore and discover, to become slimy and smelly in the mud and streams… and yet, there is still the motherly echo of cautionary warning, “Don’t go near the creek”.
A fun, curious tale that sparks our adventurous spirit – young Adam breaks out from his wheezy, snorty reading nook to make a determined decision to head to the creek! Adam reminds us that there were some of us happiest reading our books as children but we also managed to have real life adventures. In Adam’s case, a trek to the forbidden creek birthed a kernel of an idea and led to an enterprising little venture!
The distinctive, clear and vibrant illustrations evoke warmth towards an endearing young lad and there’s an added educational spy element to ‘find the images’ in each page. The full range to hunt are on the end page and will add bonding to your shared reading times with your little ones.
Young Adam is perfect for your pre-schooler and independent junior reader.
– Sue Reid, Author