Arrowtown author Alma Stevenson’s latest children’s book is sure to get readers in the Rugby World Cup spirit.
The writer of Big Red and Waggoner Jack and Us celebrated her 70th birthday last Saturday and launches her next book this weekend.
Zac Mac the All Black is the story of a “bully with attitude” who wants to be an All Black but realises it’s a tougher goal than he imagined.
Illustrations for the book by P G Rob depict Queenstown attractions, scenery and even local school rugby teams.
The story is not only inspired by the upcoming Rugby World Cup, but also by Stevenson’s own battle with cancer.
“I have been sick and because I’ve been a little bit bored it was something to keep me occupied,” she says. “I wanted to do something local and topical, with the Rugby World Cup coming up.”
The book is dedicated both to her mentor, Queenstowner Amanda Cushen, and Stevenson’s Christchurch-based oncologist Dr Chris Wynne.
Stevenson had to consult with the NZRU in order to use the All Blacks brand as the centrepiece of her book. As a result, the cover illustration is the trademarked Silver Fern, and each copy contains a sticker that proves its authenticity as an NZRU-approved product.
For each of the 3000 copies sold, Stevenson is donating 50 cents to the Cancer Society of New Zealand.
Zac Mac the All Black will be launched at the St John’s Church hall in Arrowtown this Saturday at 2pm.