The Adventures of Jellybean
This is a delightful story set in semi-rural Australia. I really like that the language and the corny jokes are so similar to our Kiwi humour - any child reading this (or hearing it read aloud) will feel right at home.
There's lots of gentle humour, and nice touches about friendship and family and neighbours. And, of course, the goat.
Dianne (Di) Bates grew up on a goat farm and goats are her favourite animal, though sadly she doesn't have any in her life now. Di has worked as a newspaper and magazine editor and manuscript assessor. She has published over 130 books for children. In 2008, Di was awarded The Lady Cutler Award for distinguished services to children's literature. She and her husband, Bill Condon, live near Wollongong, New South Wales. Bill Condon has written numerous stories, poems, and plays for children, and four of his novels have been shortlisted for the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award. He is also the winner of the Prime Minister's Literary Award. Bill lives on the south coast of New South Wales with his wife, the well-known children's writer Dianne Bates.