Children’s fiction

Abigail and the birth of the sun (cover)Join Abigail on a magical night-time adventure to discover how the sun, moon and planets came into being.

Available at bookstores throughout New Zealand and Australia. If you can’t find it at your local bookstore (or if it’s sold out), ask them to order some copies. You can also buy copies online through a number of retailers, listed here (Australia) and here (New Zealand).

Abigail is a curious little girl. She likes to discover the answers to really BIG questions.

One night, she thinks of a question that’s SO BIG she can’t sleep until she knows the answer.

“Daddy,” she asks as he tucks her into bed, “where did the sun and all the planets come from?”

To find out the answer, Daddy invites Abigail on a magical journey through time and space. Together they explore the birth of all living things.

By the next morning, Abigail has thought of another big question . . .

“[A] story … that will not only explain the science of how the world began, but will deliver it with the poignancy and beauty of a fairy tale.”
Susannah Whaley, NZ Booklovers

“Abigail and the Birth of the Sun is, at its heart, about showing children just how fundamentally connected everything down here is to everything up there. We are, as Abigail’s daddy explains to her, all made of stardust … [it] is a lovely book to read to a wondrous child, especially if they have big questions like Abigail. Likely to fan the fires of fascination, be prepared for many more questions you possibly won’t be able to answer!”
Ronnie Swainston, Kidspot

“I love that Abigail’s dad is not too busy or distracted to answer her question in depth – in an ideal world we’d all be this type of caring adult more often. It’s a little message tucked away in the text for the adults – ‘be like Abigail’s dad’. With a world of information quite literally available at our fingertips, our standard response shouldn’t be ‘I don’t know’, but ‘Let’s find out!’ And with the promise of further books explaining big concepts to come, Matthew Cunningham books may become just as easy to reach for as a Google search.”
Rachel Moore, The Sapling