The Longdrop

Book Author & Illustrator  Joan Joass & Bob Darroch
Rights Available World excl. ANZ

Here’s a fantastic tale for kids about the classic Kiwi holiday that includes a caravan, a beach and the sometimes-smelly toilet shed out the back of the holiday section — the longdrop.

The kids need to go, and the public loo is sooo far away from their caravan. So, Dad builds a longdrop! When the paper builds to capacity Dad thinks and thinks and solves his problem — with a match. He forgets fire and methane make for an explosive situation!

Based on a true story (Joan’s husband is ‘Dad’), this fun rhyming story celebrates the hilarious situations that arise from the Kiwi ‘she’ll be right’ approach to life. Bob Darroch’s jam-packed illustrations perfectly depict New Zealand holiday time.

• Hilarious tale about iconic NZ architectural backyard wonder
• Irresistible misadventure of a well-meaning but not-so-smart dad
• Bright illustrations by well-known artist, Bob Darroch


About the Author
Joan Joass is a retired primary school teacher with science degree in geology and chemistry and a career that includes stints as a wine- laboratory technician and a bus driver. This is her first picture book. Joan lives on Herald Island, West Auckland.

Bob Darroch has written and illustrated numerous children’s books over a long career, including his bestselling Little Kiwi series. He lives in Temuka, South Canterbury.


Oratia Books


230 x 215mm



Picture Book

Publication Date
June 2020

Rights Available:
World excl. ANZ

Rights Agents:


Peter Dowling, Oratia Books

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