The Official Blurb
Kyle is one of New Zealand’s finest, and most eclectic, picture book writers. His titles have been published in a dozen countries and won numerous awards including Children’s Book of the Year (Old Hu-hu), Picture book of the Year (Kiss!Kiss! Yuck!Yuck!), two Children’s Choice awards (Kiss!Kiss! Yuck!Yuck! and Melu) and a Flicker Tale award in North Dakota (Kiss!Kiss! Yuck!Yuck!). His stories are noted for being multi-layered, funny and linguistically creative.
He has been a frequent Finalist at the New Zealand Children’s Book Awards and many of his titles have been included on Notable Books Lists in both New Zealand and Australia.
As well as picture books, he has published numerous School Readers and junior fiction titles, including his popular Dinosaur Rescue series which has been published in over 20 countries. He was the Children’s Writer in Residence at Otago University in 2011 and is currently President of the New Zealand Society of Authors.
Originally from Brisbane, Kyle lives with his wife, Marion, a well-known potter, in a house with a grass roof in Millers Flat. When he’s not writing, Kyle’s free time is almost wholly consumed trying to maintain a semi-self-sufficient lifestyle … or watching the endlessly entertaining drama of chickens trying to get to bed under the watchful eyes of two teasing cats.
The Unofficial Blurb
I’ve always loved writing. Whenever my teachers asked me to write a story, I’d write and write until my pen ran out of ink. Unfortunately my handwriting has always been horrendous. No matter how hard I try it always looks like a cockroach has stepped in some ink and crawled across the page.
My English teacher used to get quite frustrated with me sometimes. She was always writing sarcastic comments at the bottom of my essays. Things like – “What language is this?” or “Isn’t it about time you stopped writing with your feet?” Lucky for me, some smartypants came along and invented the typewriter. There was no stopping me after that!
There’s not enough room on my website to talk about what it was like growing up with pirates for parents, or tell you about the time I climbed Mount Everest in my underpants, so I guess all I really have to say is I live in a house with a grass roof in the middle of nowhere in the far south of the South Island of New Zealand. If it was any closer to the South Pole, my neighbours would be penguins.
I built my house all by myself, too, which proves my 8th Grade woodwork teacher was wrong when he said I would never be able to nail two pieces of wood together. (Though he was right about me never cutting a straight line!)
When I’m not writing I’m either in my garden singing to my vegies, in the creek swimming or exploring the strange land I discovered at the back of my wardrobe. (OK, that last bit may not be completely true)
If you’re really nosey and want to know more than that, you could read one of these interviews.
Here’s a recent one I did with the very clever Paula Green on her Poetry Box.
I also recently answered Five Easy Questions for the Book Council.
There’s also a very old interview with Maria Gill. There’s even a picture of me looking very young.