AUSTRALIAN AUTHOR Mike Hinklebink's parents are out of control. They don't do their jobs and the house and garden are a mess. Their late-night karaoke is keeping Mike awake and it's affecting his schoolwork. Now they're skipping work to have fun. Instead of his parents taking care of him, he's taking care of them. That's no way for a kid to live. It's time they behaved like responsible adults. "You need Talibut Vish, parent tamer," says Mike's best friend Nick. At first it seems like the perfect solution. The green bean narrow, gum tree tall stranger who can answer questions before they are asked is confident he can do the job and Mike can afford his fee of smiles, chuckles and chortles. Mr and Mrs Hinklebink treat Vish's arrival as a joke but his extraordinary powers soon have them behaving and Mike starts to believe he can have a normal life - until he wakes to find his parents have run away from home. AUTHOR: Teena Raffa-Mulligan is a reader, writer and daydream believer who believes there is magic in every day if we choose to find it. Teena writes quirky, whimsical books for children full of warmth, gentle humour, heart and hope. Her publications range from picture books to Middle Grade and YA novels, exploring themes of family, friendship and the need to belong. Many of Teena's poems and short stories for children and adults have appeared in magazines and anthologies and her writing life has also included a long career in journalism. Teena shares her Australian home near the beach with a sometime surfer and a golden Labrador with anxiety issues and a toast obsession. When not writing or encouraging people of all ages to write their own stories, she likes to fill her life with family time, sunshine, birdsong and flowers.
|Author Name||TEENA RAFFA-MULLIGAN|
|Audience Range||Children / Teenage|
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