Disney produces kid's book on what to do in an earthquake

Claudia Disney enjoyed getting feedback on her first book, The Friendly Earthquake Giant, from the kids at Shine ...
NICHOLAS BOYACK

Claudia Disney enjoyed getting feedback on her first book, The Friendly Earthquake Giant, from the kids at Shine Montessori Educare in Waiwhetu.

Watching a friend's four year-old niece struggle after the November earthquake provided the inspiration for Claudia Disney's first book.

Disney created the text and drawing for The Friendly Earthquake Giant, after seeing four year-old Aimme struggle.

"Every time there is an earthquake she absolutely panics to the point that even when the house shakes in the wind, she cries."

Writing a book for children initially "started out as a joke" for the Lower Hutt gym owner, before she realised it was something she could do.

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The book explains what to do in a big shake and she hopes children will be less frightened if they have a better understanding of what is happening.

Disney decided to publish it herself.

"I am very pleased how it went, the first print run of 50, sold out in one and a half weeks and I have now printed another 100."

Disney recently read her story to children at a Shine Montessori Educare in Waiwhetu. The children wanted to know if she planned any other books.

The kids did point out one small issue with the book. The cover has a figure wearing green with black spots, which some of the children mistook as chicken pox.

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"That was very cute.'

The Friendly Earthquake Giant is available from the author for $15.

 - Stuff

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