Jasper & Abby and the Great Australia Day Kerfuffle follows 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 Prime Minister's Residence. 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. The Prime Minister's wife, Therese Rein, is very committed to promoting children's literacy and the Prime Minister shares this passion. It is hoped that in writing a book for children, the Prime Minister will be able to highlight the importance of books and reading for children.