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  • Published: 18 October 2022
  • ISBN: 9780143776314
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $21.00

Have You Seen Tomorrow?

If only Rabbit could see all the wonderful things right under his nose today, instead of always looking forward to tomorrow! This very special picture book, a contemporary fable about practising gratitude, mindfulness and living in the present, is from the acclaimed Kyle Mewburn.

A beautiful contemporary fable from the acclaimed Kyle Mewburn about gratitude, mindfulness and living in the present.

“What are you looking for?” asked Wolf.
“I’m looking for tomorrow,” Rabbit sighed.
“But I’ve looked everywhere,
and it’s nowhere to be found.”

Will Rabbit’s friends help him to see what is wonderful about today, before it’s too late?

By the award-winning author of Old Hu-Hu and with gorgeous, dreamy illustrations by the talented Laura Bee, Have You Seen Tomorrow provides young readers with a deft exploration of the concept of yesterday, today and tomorrow, a satisfying ending and much food for thought. A story to be read and reread.

  • Published: 18 October 2022
  • ISBN: 9780143776314
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $21.00

About the authors

Kyle Mewburn

Kyle Mewburn is a multi-award-winning writer.
Born and raised in Brisbane, Australia, Mewburn travelled in Europe and the Middle East before settling in New Zealand.
She has written numerous children’s picture books and chapter books, including the 2010 NZ Post Book of the Year for Old Huhu (illustrated by Rachel Driscoll), and the 2007 NZ Post Best Picture Book Award and Children’s Choice Award for Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck!, which was also a 2007 Storylines Notable Picture Book.
In 2005, she won the Joy Cowley Award, presented by Storylines Children’s Literature Foundation of New Zealand for the development of a picture book text.
A well-known speaker at schools and literary festivals, Kyle was the 2011 University of Otago College of Education Creative New Zealand Children’s Writer in Residence and was the President of the New Zealand Society of Authors from 2012-2016.
She lives with her wife Marion in Millers Flat, Central Otago, in a house with a grass roof. Faking It: My Life in Transition is her true life story and her first book for adults.

Awards and shortlistings include: Kiss! Kiss! Yuk! Yuk! (illustrated by Ali Teo and John O’Reilly; 2007 NZ Post Best Picture Book Award and the Children’s Choice Award; 2007 Storylines Notable Picture Book; 2010 Flicker Tale Children’s Book Award, awarded by the North Dakota Library Association in the United States); No Room for a Mouse (illustrated by Freya Blackwood; 2008 Storylines Notable Picture Book, in both New Zealand and Australia); Duck’s Stuck! (illustrated by Ali Teo and John O’Reilly; nominated in the Picture Book category of the 2009 NZ Post Book Awards); Old Huhu (illustrated by Rachel Driscoll; 2010 NZ Post Book of the Year, along with the Maori language edition (translated by Katerina Te Heikoko Mataira), Huhu Koroheke, and finalist in the Picture Book category; 2010 Storylines Notable Picture Book); Hill and Hole (illustrated by Vasanti Unka; 2011 Storylines Notable Picture Book); Hester and Lester (illustrated by Harriet Bailey, winner of the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for Illustration; 2012 Storylines Notable Picture Book); Melu (illustrated by Ali Teo and John O’Reilly; 2013 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards Children’s Choice Award, and finalist in the Picture Book category).

Kiwireviews said of Salto-scaredypus: ‘Another awesome book from the dream team Mewburn and Bixley.’

My best friend are books wrote of Blue Gnu: ‘You can always rely on Kyle Mewburn to write a book that will make kids laugh and keep them entertained from start to finish … If you are not hooked on Kyle Mewburn’s books, you will be once you read Blue Gnu.’

Melu, illustrated by Ali Teo and John O’Reilly, was, declared the Otago Daily Times, ‘a fabulously illustrated, well-written, thought-provoking tale.’

Kyle teamed up with Katz Cowley for Seesaw Poo, producing, wrote My best friends are books, ‘a great collaboration from two of our most talented authors and illustrators’.

Laura Bee Bernard

Laura Bee is a freelance illustrator who works from her cosy and funky little studio in Wellington, New Zealand. She specialises in publishing, character design, editorial, illustrative design elements/bespoke illustrations and thanks to this digital world we live in has worked with a wide range of international and local clients. She absolutely loves connecting with other amazing companies and creatives to bring ideas to life!

She’s a homebody by nature and if she’s not drawing, designing or painting, you'll find her nerding out, reading art books & graphic novels, watching documentaries or spending time with her cat, friends and family.

Praise for Have You Seen Tomorrow?

This brilliant modern fable [...] has a deliciously clever ending, and Laura Bee's illustrations are gorgeous. Highly recommended.

Emma Wood, Otago Daily Times

I LOVE this thoughtful, simple but clever picture book about the power of now, the joy of friends, a sunny day and companionship. It's about gratitude, and enjoying the moment, but concepts of time - yesterday, today and tomorrow, and our senses of sight, smell and sound are also part of the story. These story layers make this a picture book for young and old, and readers anywhere in the world. Kyle Mewburn is a multi-award winning author. With this new picture book she has given us all a beautiful fable for our modern lives.

Adele Broadbent, What Book Next?

The brilliant Kyle Mewburn has once again written a sensitive story for little ones that prompted kōrero of gratitude in my whānau. Have You Seen Tomorrow? won’t disappoint anyone who has loved Kyle’s other beautiful books...enhanced through Laura Bee’s dreamy, textural pictures.

Kay Benseman, The Sapling

You'll want to meet the wonderful cast of characters, hear how tomorrow is described, and find out if they actually find it...Laura Bee has created stunning scenes of an idyllic country summer day. Kyle has worked her magic with words and spun a tale that will get children thinking about appreciating what is right in front of them.

Maria Gill, Kids Books NZ

There's no time like the present: that's the message in this charming picture book about a rabbit for whom the grass is always greener somewhere else - whether you're looking for it with your eyes, smelling it, listening for it or - beware! - yearning to taste it.

Ann Packer, NZ Listener 50 Best Kids' Books

Lovely illustrations and a nice ending. Good bedtime story for littlies.

Ann Kilduff, Wairarapa Times Age

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