Adventure appeals to youngsters

GERTIE is a very adventurous goat who loves to go on adventures.

Goonellabah author Mel Bowman said the book Gertie's Big Day Out was a great read for two-to-six-year-olds.

“I used to live on a farm in Rock Valley and we had two goats called Billy and Gertie,” she said with a laugh. “They were escaping all the time and would end up on the road and were very mischievous.”

The book is on sale at The Cook and The Book in Walker St, Casino and Espresso Edge, 109 Summerland Way, Kyogle.

A colouring-in competition is being run throughout the school holidays to celebrate the launch of Ms Bowman's book about Gertie, and young artists are able to pick up an entry at either of the two book shops.

Finished entries need to be back before school starts again.

“(The book) was fun to write and my kids loved it,” Ms Bowman said.

“They get a lot of input into my books.

“As a mum I wanted to be able to work from home and have always loved reading and writing.”

Ms Bowman's first book was called What Do Stars Eat?, inspired by the same question from her son.

“I made up some answer for him, but I thought that would be a great title for a book,” she said.

A single mother of three children under eight, Ms Bowman grew up in the Casino and Coraki areas and loves nothing better than seeing the joy her books bring to children.

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