Walled Lake author to benefit local children’s gardens with latest book
The book, “Mr. Kiwi: Trouble with Mr. Mow-It-All”, teaches children through rhymed verse about working together, cooperation and participating in community. The second book, Bullies Can’t Throw Gumboots”, is expected to be released sometime this fall.
Author and illustrator Michele Beresford says inspiration for the series came from her husband, Graeme, who is a native of New Zealand.
“Two years ago we were on a road trip and I just found inspiration along the way. I was sort of teasing [Graeme] and telling the story out loud in rhyme, just joking around. As we kept going, I wrote it down on a napkin and didn’t think anything about it. He had asked me on and off the last few years if I would end up doing anything with it. I typed it and gave it to a friend who’s a teacher and she loved the story,” she said. “Mr. Kiwi is from New Zealand, so all the books sort of have a Kiwi/New Zealand kind of theme and flavor.”
An author and illustrator, Beresford previously released two horror novels and one sci-fi novel. She wrote her first novel in 2008, and her latest book, “Eternal Kingdom”, a vampire novel based in the City of Detroit, was released in 2014.
Beresford is also no stranger to supporting local children’s gardens. When she and Graeme wed in 2014, the couple requested that donations be made to the Commerce Elementary Garden (Fresh P.I.C.K.E.D.) or the Milford Township Public Library in lieu of gifts.
“A portion of the book sales will go into a fund. Once we have enough to do some good, then we could say, ‘write to us and tell us what you need and why you need it’, almost like a scholarship in a way,” Beresford said. “Our hope is that every year we could fund at least three teaching or children’s gardens. More would be great, but we’ll see where we’re at in a year.”
“Mr. Kiwi: Trouble with Mr. Mow-It-All” is recommended for children who read at a second-grade level, and is appropriate to be read aloud for all ages. The book is available for purchase on Amazon. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.