Rhonda Brown, writer of Hello Rainbow and Pussilldoo, is a self-published children’s author based in Mackay, Queensland, Australia.
Hello Rainbow is a funny rhyming story that teaches young children about colours and colour mixing. Published in 2016 and written as a gift to her grandchildren, Hello Rainbow is now a favourite in local libraries, schools and households.
Following the success of Hello Rainbow, Rhonda released her second book, Pussilldoo. Written with prep-aged children in mind, Pussilldoo entertains and educates little readers about prepositions. The story follows Pussilldoo, a cantankerous cat, as he goes into, onto, over, under and beyond on an adventure like no other!
Alpaca Prue is Rhonda's third book. Prue is from Peru and feels all alone. Will a herd of Australian camels accept her? Aimed at prep-aged children, this fun, rhyming story initiates discussion about being a good friend to others.
Rhonda is proud that her third book has been fully produced in her home town of Mackay. She collaborated with talented Mackay based Artist/Cartoonist and Illustrator, Rob Wiezel.
Rhonda's passion for children’s literature developed when, as a mother reading picture books to her young children, she would gravitate towards funny, silly and witty stories that were rich in rhyming and repetition.
Her writing style has been influenced by authors such as
Dr. Seuss, British comedian/poet Pam Ayres and more recently Australian children's author and illustrator,
Aaron Blabey. Aaron's desk sign reads 'Don't be Boring' - a philosophy that Rhonda shares.
Oombee Woombee Books is a small, independent publisher based in Mackay, Queensland. Oombee Woombee is owned by Rhonda Brown. The words of Rhonda's first picture book, Hello Rainbow, came to life in the passenger seat of her husband's ute on an empty-nested road trip to Cooktown.
The words would stay hidden away in a notebook until four years later, when a conversation with her eldest daughter and the subsequent chain of events led her to a Brisbane self-publishing company and the talented illustrator, Trevor Salter.
The words of Rhonda's second picture book, Pussilldoo, were inspired by a conversation with a primary school teacher about the lack of fun children's books relating to prepositions. Pussilldoo also happened to be the name of the teacher's husband's childhood cat. Rhonda was given permission to use the name Pussilldoo and 24 hours later, the first draft of Pussilldoo the picture book was born.
Trevor Salter would again illustrate the second book, this time hiding the characters of Hello Rainbow throughout the pages of Pussilldoo.