Author(s): Jack Lasenby
It's the 1930s. Our storyteller is crook in bed, trying to get over a long sickness and wanting to go back to school, when Uncle Trev arrives to let Mum go out and do the shopping. Uncle Trev tells one story after another about the animals out on his farm and about his neighbour Gotta Henry. He also goes through Mum's cupboards and helps himself to all her gingernut biscuits and Louise cake. If you think Mum should be grateful to get out of the house, she's not. When she comes home, she chases Uncle Trev and his dog, Old Tip, with her broom and threatens what she'll do to 'that man' next time he comes in.
Finalist Junior Fiction
New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2013
Jack Lasenby (born 1931) is one of New Zealand's most important children's book authors. His novels and short stories have earned numerous honours, including key awards and fellowships. In 2003 he received the Margaret Mahy Medal for contribution to the world of children's literature. Jack has written dozens of books for children and young adults. His writing is characterised by a portrayal of childhood as full of hard lessons, adventure and the search for self-determination. His most popular books include Harry Wakatipu, the Uncle Trev series and the Aunt Effie series.