Follow the adventures of the Prime Minister's pet cat and dog, as they try to avert one disaster after another during Australia Day celebrations at The Lodge.
It was a special day at the Lodge. There was going to be a party. A big party. Abby the dog was there. Jasper the cat was there. But ... so was a scruffy little dog.
The Prime Minister receives many letters and emails from children asking about Jasper and Abby, and he often tells his friends, colleagues and staff stories of the antics of his family pets. Having heard these stories, Rhys Muldoon - who has been friends with Kevin Rudd for many years - encouraged the Prime Minister to write a children's book.
Proceeds from this book go to The Centre for Community Child Health, at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne.
Kevin Rudd was sworn in as the 26th Prime Minister of Australia on 3rd December, 2007.
Prior to entering Parliament in 1998, Mr Rudd worked as a diplomat, as a senior official in the Queensland Government, and as a consultant helping Australian firms to establish and build their business links in China.
Rhys Muldoon is an Australian actor, writer and director who has worked extensively in film, television, theatre and radio. Rhys has starred in numerous television roles, including a longstanding host role in Play School. While Jasper + Abby is his first children's book, Rhys is also involved in various children's events, activities, and fundraisers.
Carla Zapel majored in illustration in a Visual Communications Degree at the University of Western Sydney in 1999. She has worked as an illustrator and graphic designer in London, Sydney and Canberra. Jasper + Abby is the first children's book Carla has illustrated, and she hopes to do many more. Carla lives in Brisbane.