Ubby Gubby's Cave is a children's picture book, loosely based on
my own childhood, growing up and visiting my grandparents at their
home at Foster Bay in West Auckland.
My Granny, as I called her, would always take us for walks
around the rocks, exploring the caves and searching under rocks for
crabs. And it was one cave in particular that was said to be home
to the coastal dwelling elephant, Ubby Gubby. I'm not actually sure
if it was her who started the fable, or if it came from my own
imagination, but to this day, that cave is known to me as Ubby
Throughout my life I had always had a love for books of all
kinds. During school-time I was often found to be neglecting my
classwork, instead focussed on depicting the teacher or classmates
in various pen-drawn, cartoon scenarios.
Later in life I obtained a diploma in creative writing through
the NZIBS, with the intention of becoming a novel writer. But as
time passed, I found myself gravitating towards children's books,
as it gave me a chance to revisit my illustrations as well. And at
some point it occurred to me that my childhood at the beach and
Ubby Gubby's Cave could be a good starting point for a story, and
the rest is history.
So please watch the video and check out the preview of the book
that we put together. We printed off a test book that I have showed
and read it to several kids from friends and family, and they
actually reacted better than I could have hoped, eagerly asking
questions and becoming engrossed in the story. And that is the main
reason that has compelled me to seek funding to finally get it
The funding will cover the $650 I have been quoted for the
printing of an initial 50 book run. The rest will cover marketing
and starting a website etc. If it all works out and the first run
of books sell, we will look to doing more and take it from
Like we said in the video, any donation great or small will be
most appreciated and anyone who donates will have their name
mentioned in a special thank you page at the back of the book,
unless they choose to remain anonymous.
Thanks everyone and hopefully we will see Ubby Gubby's Cave on
the shelves soon!
Tim & Marcia