Brodie is always making people laugh. He wiggles his ears and yodels like a country singer and tells far-out jokes. He's a brilliant artist, too: he draws loads of planes and helicopters, because he wants to be a chopper pilot.
Everyone at school knows that Brodie is ill, and when he's in hospital they all send him cards. But they never think he'll die. When he does, it's a shock and it hurts and hurts and hurts - and the hurt doesn't go away. It does get smaller, though, and while his friends don't stop missing him they know it means that Brodie is still alive in their hearts.
Beautiful mixed media illustrations.
Winner in the Picture Book category at the 2002 New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards.
A 2002 Storylines Notable Picture Book.
Best First Book at the 2002 New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards.
Joy Cowley is one of New Zealand s most celebrated authors. In 1992, she was awarded an OBE for services to children's literature; and the following year she was granted an honorary doctorate from Massey University, as well as being awarded the Margaret Mahy Medal and a DCNZM (A Damehood in the old honour system). In 2002, the Joy Cowley Award was established in her honour. Most recently, Joy received the 2010 New Zealand Prime Minister s Award for Literary Achievement in Fiction.
Chris Mousdale has lived in New Zealand since 1990. He has had a number of solo exhibitions of his paintings as well as many hundreds of illustration commissions for book covers and editorial graphics. In 2002, Brodie was a Storylines Notable Picture Book and also won the New Zealand Post Children's Picture Book Award. Chris was awarded Best First Book for his wonderful illustrations.