Nelson 1: Pumpkins and Aliens by Andrew Levins

Thu 16 April 2020

Nelson is an ordinary kid in an ordinary family. Like a lot of kids, Nelson hates vegetables, and he has a few sneaky strategies to avoid eating them.

But when his grandma forces him to eat some pumpkin soup, Nelson wakes up the next day with superpowers! And they may be just what he needs to defend his school from an alien race that threatens to eat his teacher!

This extra-special Kinderling Story of the Week is spread over a fortnight! Tune in each afternoon for the next exciting instalment of Nelson 1: Pumpkins and Aliens

Nelson is a brand-new series written by Andrew Levins and illustrated by Katie Kear

Andrew Levins has been a DJ since he was a teenager, a food writer for almost as long, and has had more careers than most people!

Andrew cut his teeth as one of the inaugural DJs on FBi radio, plays most major Australian music festivals and hosts the longest-running hip-hop night in Sydney. His articles have been published by the Sydney Morning Herald, ABC Life, VICE, SBS, Good Food Guide and Time Out. In 2007 he co-founded the youth music charity Heaps Decent (with Diplo and Nina Las Vegas), and in 2009 he was named one of Sydney’s 100 Most Influential People by the Sydney Morning Herald. Since then he’s had two kids, run a successful restaurant, released a cookbook and started no less than five podcasts. The Nelson series are his first books for children.

UK-based illustrator, Katie Kear, has been creating artwork for as long as she can remember. She loves creating new worlds and characters, and hopes to spread joy and happiness with her illustrations! Her favourite childhood memories always involved reading. In her spare time she loves drawing, adventures in nature, chocolate, stationery, the smell of cherries and finding new inspirational artists!

BUY - Available at your favourite bookstore or online at Booktopia

LISTEN - Tune in 5pm nightly for the next installment of this extra-special Story Of The Week, or download this story, and many more, in the Kinderling app.

Written and read by Andrew Levins.

Published by Puffin books, an imprint of Penguin Random House Australia.

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