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The Chill Out Chair

Join Nicholas on a journey of emotions.

During a game, things do not go the way Nicholas would like. He gets very angry and kicks his sister, who then refuses to play with him.

He goes from angry, to sad/lonely and back to a place of peace and love surrounded by his whanau. He achieves this by using his imagination, creating an ice chair and becoming the hero of his own story alongside his friend the whale. He saves baby polar bear, husky puppy and penguin from the angry/hungry sea monster.

This is a fun read with the most amazing illustrations.

Paperback format


Illustrator: Simon Barr

Some Te Reo language.


“Kia ora Jo, I wanted to let you know just how much my grandchildren enjoyed your books. They asked for them to be shared again and again. I was interested to see how diverse the characters are and how good parenting is evident. Emotions are depicted effectively with care, especially anger in the The Chill Out Chair. The wonderful illustrations offer so much for children to explore and are full of humour. There is so much to share with children. Keep writing!”
Marg Bleasdale, Professional Learning and Development Provider

The Chill Out Chair sample

Meet Kiwi author Josephine Carson-BarrJosephine Carson-Barr

Jo has written in multiple genres over the last ten years but is now focusing on children’s picture books.

She works in collaboration with her son, Simon Barr, as the illustrator and together they publish as Veritas Aotearoa Publishing. Simon trained as an animator at Freelance Art Studios and has worked overseas on movies and has illustrated many books for other authors.

Find out more about Jo and how to contact her on her author profile.



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