Sue Wootton, with illustrations by Carla Braun-Elwert


“Great! Awesomest book ever! I really like the pictures and the story's really cool. Mr Bellavista's a bit stupid and a bit smart.”— Xanthe (8)

“It was actually great. It's really really interesting and it shows how clouds can be beautiful and at the same time very important.” — Tui (10)

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The sun is shining and Mr Bellavista, grower of prize tomatoes, is happy. But when clouds creep over the sun, his outlook darkens. His tomatoes will never ripen, and what’s more, the sky looks a mess.

Mr Bellavista knows exactly what to do — he must catch all the clouds in the sky. And he has a super-duper never-a-problem no-mistakes brilliant way to do it …

Or has he?

About the author

Sue Wootton was awarded a New Zealand Society of Authors mentorship in 2003 and shortlisted for the Lillian Ida Smith award. After being published widely in newspapers, journals and anthologies (including Best NZ Poems 2004) her first book of poetry, Hourglass, was published in 2005. Some of her work has been translated into Hungarian, Romanian, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Sue has won numerous poetry and short story prizes (including the 2010 Takahe international poetry competition and the 2015 Caselberg Trust International Poetry Prize), and in 2008 she was the Robert Burns Fellow at Otago University. In 2010 she was an invited poet at the VI Festival International de Poesia in Nicaragua, and in 2012 she was an invited poet at the first Asia-Pacific Poetry Festival in Vietnam.

Carla Braun-Elwert grew up in Lake Tekapo, amidst the stunning surroundings of the Mackenzie High Country. She has a degree in science communication, is a keen skier, and makes films on natural history.


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Dimensions 230 × 265 mm

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