#Book Week 2020 | Adaptation of shortlisted Younger Readers Chapter Book The Little Wave by Pip Harry VIRTUAL

Meerkat Productions


…very powerful and opened many doors for discussion.
St Kilda Park Primary School, VIC about 2018's adaptation of The Elephant by Peter Carnavas

You were able to tell the story exceptionally well.
St Joseph’s, Cairns QLD about 2019's adaptation of The Peacock Detectives by Carly Nugent

From Meerkat Productions

To make our incursions more accessible we are offering an online version of our adaptation.
If you would prefer an in-school performance of this show please go here

While we already travel to some of the most remote areas of the east coast, this means we can now reach the entire country! This option also provides a more viable alternative for regional, remote and small schools where the cost of our live in-school performances may be prohibitive.

The show is professionally recorded with multiple camera angles and edited especially for this format. It means students will be closer to the action than ever before.
We will provide a private link to the show specific to your school which can be viewed as many times as you need. Therefore, each class can watch it in their own classroom.

The Little Wave is a contemporary verse novel for children aged 8+, set in Sydney’s Northern Beaches and Mullin, a fictional town in remote, rural NSW. Cricket enthusiast Jack lives in the bush and he’s desperate to see the ocean for the first time on an upcoming class beach trip. But his home life is tough and he’s not sure he’ll get there.

Surf grommet Noah and bug lover Lottie are paired up to plan a fundraiser to bring Jack’s class from Mullin to Sydney’s coastline to try something new and learn about beach safety. The novel is written in three distinct voices and examines themes of friendship, teamwork, community, grief, bullying, courage, recovery, acceptance and second chances, as the lives of three very different kids intersect in surprising ways.

Each year, in celebration of Book Week and Literacy Week, we adapt two books shortlisted by the Children’s Book Council of Australia for the Book of The Year Awards.

We choose one book from the Picture Book category & one book from the Younger Readers Chapter Book category and create two 40-minute musical productions including original songs and puppetry.

As far as we’re aware, we’re the only company adapting both a picture book and a younger readers chapter book each year; therefore, ensuring age appropriate performances for all students.

We also support Australian authors by paying royalties for every child that attends a performance of one of our adaptations.

The music is written by Tim Smith (The Lion King, Billy Elliot) & Luke Hunter (Come From Away, The Sound of Music) and the shows are designed by Elizabeth Millington (founder of Dead Puppets Society) and Astrid Mendez (Internationally touring Puppeteer).

Includes a teacher resource pack and a targeted, structured and informative Q&A session which supports the school’s delivery of the Critical and Creative Thinking curriculum. We discuss the themes raised in the book and the show and support Inquiry Learning as we discuss how the shows were produced and how we made the set, puppets, music, etc.

“Was great how it was run by you and not just the kids asking random questions. (10/10)” – Bargara State School, Bargara QLD

To make a booking or enquiry, simply press the GREEN Enquiry/Booking Request Button above right to directly contact the booking team. They will answer you promptly to discuss your booking including when payment will be required.

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More Reviews

The movement throughout the room was incredible. Every student had their attention fixed the entire time. The Q&A session where the kids got to ask questions was excellent. I liked pulling out some of the positive themes of friendship, etc.
St Michaels PS, North Melbourne, VIC about 2016's adaptation of Run, Pip, Run by JC Jones

Audience were very engaged. Actors very professional and entertaining. Faces of children said it all.
Siena PS, Sippy Downs, QLD about 2016's adaptation of Run, Pip, Run by JC Jones

Great show, very funny. Great adaptation of the book.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Primary School, Croydon Hills, VIC about 2017's adaptation of Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers Third Grade by Kate & Jol Temple

The puppetry was excellent. Clever use of space. Great interaction with the audience and getting them involved.
Morang South PS, VIC about 2016's adaptation of Run, Pip, Run by JC Jones

Show Details



Year Level Suitability

3-6 to 7-9

Curriculum area

The Arts - Drama, English, Civics And Citizenship


Book Week, English, Literacy, Community, Friendship, Teamwork, Bullying, Courage, Recovery, Acceptance, Second Chances


Drama, Music Theatre, Puppetry


40 - 45 minutes plus question & answer time


Bookings will be based on a fee per class basis. Costs will be determined with you but will be in the region of $85 inc.GST / class (assuming an average of 24 students per class). When you enquire please indicate the number of classes you're booking for

School Term:
Term 4


This is an online version of the show therefore it's available Australia wide.
The show will be made available for the whole of Book Week - if you would like the session on a different date please let us know
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Enquiry/Booking Request