Nana's Voluminous Bloomers
Nana’s Voluminous Bloomers is Joan Rosier-Jones’ first children’s picture book.
It follows the escapades of three children – Jake, Victoria and Toby – who come up with some playful ideas when they spot Nana’s bloomers on the washing line. Even Nana sees the funny side of their imaginative adventures.
“I love words and ‘voluminous bloomers’ has a nice rhythm to it. Children also like big words that roll off the tongue,” says Joan.
“The genesis of the concept was that once my daughter dared me to walk down the street wearing knickers on my head. I politely refused, but the story began to take shape then. The idea was around for a long time, but never quite took wings. People may believe that the shorter a book is, the easier it is to write, but I would rather write a 70,000 word novel, than struggle with the exact words for a children’s picture book.
“However, here it is, and the wonderful thing about it is the illustrations by Elayne. They bring the story delightfully to life.”
Based in Wanganui, Joan has six novels and three non-fiction books to her name. She always has some work on the go, including a children’s novel set in Alcatraz, the infamous prison island off San Francisco.
Joan’s other works include Waiting for Elizabeth, a novel set in Tudor Ireland (Tangerine Publications, 2013), Crossing the Alps, and non-fiction work including So you Want to Write.