Author(s): Rebekah Palmer
Champ the Chopper is the littlest rescue helicopter at Kids Rescue. He's a little guy who every kid can relate to. He's doing it for himself, despite being small and inexperienced, and he's making a difference, being brave and helping others, achieving in the face of danger. This is a the first in a series of children';s picture books, by local author Rebekah Palmer and illustrated by Weta Workshop artists Dan Falconer and Chris Guise. It is suitable for a pre-school audience, as well as early readers, so caters for a wide range of children from the ages of about 2-7. Champ is part of Kids Rescue, an organization run by kids, to rescue children in trouble. Champ's pals - 7-year-old twins Pete, the pilot, and Piper, the paramedic - are based at the Sunshine Bay airport with Champ, their dog Zoom and cat Scratch, plus other characters like Old Poppa the Chopper, and Jess the Cessna. In each book Champ and the kids go on daring missions to rescue kids. The rescues are realistic, real-life scenarios. They show a variety of environments and picture different accident and emergency activities. They're exciting and they're real, but not too scary. Instead, the books aim to increase kids' confidence and feelings of independence. We're trying to inspire creative thinking, problem-solving, imagination and role-playing. And the books are aimed most of all at encouraging reading. First published October 2007.
Rebekah Palmer lives in Wellington with her partner and fellow writer Bernard Steeds and their two children. An award-winning journalist, she now works as a writer and editor through her company West Egg Ltd. She won the Todd New Writers' Bursary in 2001. Her novels are published by Penguin Books (NZ).