Kawerau Inspires New Children’s Book

Summer’s nearly here, and everyone’ll be heading to the beach, river or pool to pull off the perfect dive bomb. But what if you just can’t get it right?

This is the dilemma for the boy in Sacha Cotter and Josh Morgan’s picture book, The Bomb. This award-winning pair have created a funny and inspirational story about a boy who keeps on doing flops, in spite of taking lessons from his bomb-champ nan and getting advice from everyone, until he finds the secret. Listening to his inner voice, he is able to shine.

The story came to Sacha after a trip home one summer to Kawerau and watching children spend hours trying to do the coolest bomb. It’s a ritual of Aotearoa summer life that can last into adulthood.

‘Everywhere I went, I saw kids jumping off things and having the time of their lives. It reminded me of my own childhood,’ says Sacha. ‘I wanted to write a story that celebrated a much-loved part of our culture – the art of dive bombing!’ she continues.

Sacha noticed a particular culture around bombs and wondered what it might be like for a child who did not quite fit the traditional mould. She likes the idea of fun and humour in her stories as well as having strong connections between her characters and a positive message.

Sacha and Josh hope that children will enjoy the story and also feel encouraged to be their unique selves and make their own splash. Josh’s illustrations are bright, quirky, full of detail and surprises and capture the essence of the story beautifully.

The Bomb is the third picture book by the Wellington duo, and it is available in English and te reo Māori language editions. A book launch will be held this Saturday, 10 November at 3 p.m. at the Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie.