Otago tale brings local star to the fore

November 26, 2013

Josephine off the Rails, by Diane Miller, illustrated by Sheryl MacLeod (Lifelogs, RRP $20):

Dunedin-based children’s author Diane Miller has used the Josephine, the 21-tonne steam locomotive that has been on display at the Otago Settlers Museum for years, as the inspiration for this story.

Josephine gets to realise a long-held fantasy, and escapes her museum display. She Heads off down the tracks in the hops of helping a little dog and his lost family but the pair end up having an adventure on the historic Taieri Gorge railway, then “off the rails” on the Otago Central Rail Trail.

This is a lovely little story, beautifully illustrated, that is made all the more special by the fact that you can take your children to visit the star of the show at the museum.

Jillian Allison-Aitken

I come from the other land down under, where men are men, and sheep are nervous. I'm a sub-editor and in the past have been a proof-reader, news editor and web editor. I am also an ex-columnist, and book and software reviewer for the local daily newspaper.I still read. A lot. And surf the web. Also a lot.You'll find a little about both of those pastimes here, and on By George.

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