Emma Vere-Jones & Kate Snushall
Wellington-born, Auckland-based journalist Emma Vere-Jones (winner of the Storylines Joy Cowley Award for ‘Stan the Van Man’) and illustrator Kate Snushall have successfully Kickstarted their new book, ‘Fizzy Pop’, which they describe as ‘a fantastical tale of friendship, flying machines, fizzy drinks and flatulence’. Sixty-seven backers have pledged $4,255 to help bring the project to life.
‘Fizzy Pop’ is the story of Lizzy, a school girl addicted to soft drinks and tv who, at some point, due to a rather embarrassing side effect, starts rocketing skywards, all the way to the moon. Needless to say, it will take an ingenious plan to get her back to earth.
This clever children’s parable, for ages three years and upwards, is clearly addressed to those—both adults and kids—who are aware of the issues caused by carbonated drinks, but never gave them too much thought. Vere-Jones and Snushall road-tested an early version of ‘Fizzy Pop’ last year, at the Storylines Festival, and it has been well-received by parents and children alike, appreciating the story’s humour and its energetic illustrations. Afterall, farts never go out of style.