I Had a Brother - Diana Menefy / Malene Laugesen

About the author:

Diana Menefy is based in Northland and writes fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults. Her titles include River Crossing, The Shadow of the Boyd, and 1915 Wounds of War. She has also published several stories for adults.


About the illustrator:

Malene Reynolds Laugesen is originally from Denmark but moved to New Zealand in 2008. She began her career working in animation where she worked as an assistant animator and later art director. She has illustrated several books, two of which are award winning. Since moving to New Zealand she has been focusing on painting and exhibiting her art work.

I Had a Brother - Diana Menefy / Malene Laugesen

SKU: 9780473421830
  • About the book:

    A 2020 Storylines Notable Book!

    A small boy watches the strange events that unfold with the birth of his baby brother, who is born with a heart defect.

    Through his eyes we see the tragedy unfold.

    With assistance from Creative New Zealand

  • Publication date:

    July 2019

  • Edition:


  • Reviews:

    NZ Herald: 14.9.19 The death of a baby is one of the saddest and most traumatic events any family will deal with. Dedicated to the doctors and nurses at Starship Children's Hospital in loving memory of Connor Andrew McKichan Menefy (who lived from September 5-15, 2005), this sensitive and beautifully illustrated book is perhaps best described by an endorsement from grief.org.nz: "An unsentimental, honest recount of the experience of losing a newborn baby, told poignantly from the child's point of view. A unique addition to the small group of books that deal with death and grief."