Tilda is lonely. Her friend, Nat, fell out of a tree Tilda was making her climb and they haven't spoken since. Tilda thinks the fall was all Nat's fault for being too slow-moving and that a pet monkey would be a much better companion than Nat anyway. So when Pop Hooper offers Tilda Hoodini the monkey as a pet, she is delighted. But when Hoodini runs away, Pop asks Tilda to take care of Pickle the turtle overnight whilst he retrieves the monkey. Can headstrong, impatient Tilda cope alone with a slow-moving turtle? And is there any way Pickle can bring Nat and Tilda back together?
Kyle Mewburn lives in New Zealand and is an award-winning author. He grew up in Australia, completing his Bachelor of Business at the Queensland Institute of Technology. Mewburn travelled in Europe and the Middle East before settling in New Zealand in 1990. Mewburn's publications include The Hoppleplop ,The Bear in the Room Next Door and Duck is Stuck which was a finalist in the 2009 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children. Heath McKenzie is a best-selling illustrator/designer from Melbourne. His work has appeared in children's books, magazines, novels, cover art, advertising campaigns and even on jewelry!