Interview with Jacqui Halpin author of Where’s Lucky? – readilearn

This week it is my great pleasure to welcome author Jacqui Halpin back to the blog. In this interview, Jacqui talks with us about her recently published picture book Where’s Lucky, the story of an orphaned joey and his road to recovery and release.

We previously met Jacqui in 2018 when she discussed her first picture book Parmesan, the Reluctant Racehorse. As we talked with Jacqui in that interview about her writing process, today we focus our discussion on her new book Where’s Lucky?

About Jacqui

Jacqui Halpin’s passion for children’s literature started when reading bedtime stories to her children. They outgrew their childhood books, but Jacqui never did. Jacqui writes picture books, junior fiction and middle-grade fiction. Her short stories appear in anthologies by Stringybark Publishing, Creative Kids Tales, and The School Magazine.

Her first picture book, Parmesan, the Reluctant Racehorse, illustrated by John Phillips, was published by Little Pink Dog Books in October 2017.

Where’s Lucky?, illustrated by Sandra Severgnini and published in April 2019, is her second picture book with Little Pink Dog Books.

While writing and editing, Jacqui loves to sip tea from fine china and eat copious amounts of chocolate. She also has a love of bookshops and should never be allowed to enter the children’s book section with a credit card in her possession.

About Lucky

Lucky, the orphaned swamp wallaby, has a knack for getting into mischief at the wildlife rescue shelter where he lives.

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16 thoughts on “Interview with Jacqui Halpin author of Where’s Lucky? – readilearn

  1. calmkate

    what a priceless topic Norah … I have tried to care for an injured joey and it’s very hard work!
    Hat’s off to the carers who do this all the time and so nice they get a cut. Wonderful way to contribute to community awareness and raise funds, well done 🙂
    And frankly kids will pick up on that information and retain it better than their busy tired parents 🙂

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    1. Norah Post author

      Thank you for your words of support, Kate. You did well to try to care for an injured joey. It would be hard work. My brother and SIL look after possums. It is very demanding of their time but they love them. 🙂

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    1. Norah Post author

      I wonder what your use of joey refers to. Joey is the term used for all marsupial babies, including koalas, wombats and possums. 🙂
      I think you’re right about the book working worldwide. It is quite delightful and it’s always fun to find out about animals (and people) from around the world.


  2. ksbeth

    this looks so cute. my daughter and her Aussie husband rescued a a baby joey once after his mother was killed by a car. they took him to a woman who cares for them and he grew up and thrived.

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    1. Norah Post author

      That’s great news, Beth. Is your daughter still living in Australia? We are lucky that we have many wonderful wildlife carers here. My brother and SIL look after possums. They care for them in a similar way to how Lucky was.

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