Happy Mid-Autumn Festival…there’s a feast waiting for you!

September 29, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to all you kids in Hong Kong and China out there! And a very happy weekend to everyone else! I’ve got a real feast waiting for you all here on my blog!

Now here’s a likely lot of monsters…Yes, they’re the Wild Things from Where the Wild Things Are, featured on my latest posting on my Brilliant Books page above! Did you know that the Wild Things were originally meant to be wild horses? And did you know that their extraordinary creator Maurice Sendak, who died in May this year, thought that most children were far superior to adults?! Read all about this unique book and its truly remarkable author illustrator by clicking the Amazing Authors and Brilliant Books tabs at the top of this page!

Now I can promise you that Maurice Sendak never played a computer game in his life! Nor watched much TV. Nor texted his friends all day on his mobile phone. That’s how he came to have such an amazing imagination! So if you want to be a world famous author, take heed of my new Top Writing Tip for Kids by clicking the button above! The overuse of technology is firmly in the frame as a deadly imagination-blocker…so when you’ve read my post, why don’t you do something really radical and switch off all those computers, TVs, X-boxes and mobile phones you’ve got on today and experience some real life! It will make you a better writer, I promise!

Hello Grade 3 Kingston International School!

September 21, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hello to all the fabulous Grade 3 kids at Kingston International School! It was such fun seeing you all again today and introducing you to my naughty, very vain Pin Yin Panda! Not to mention our great workshop session on Writing a Riveting Story! I look forward to seeing lots of entries from you all in my next story competition!

My brand new Clever Competition for Autumn starts TODAY!

September 19, 2012 at 5:18 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s the end of summer…the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer, and even though we’re all still wearing T-shirts and shorts, those chilly Autumn days are just around the corner! So it’s high time for another Clever Competition to warm up our brain cells and exercise our imaginations! This time it’s a very special Autumn Haiku Competition! Go to my Clever Competitions page above right away for all the details! The deadline is Friday October 26th, so you’d better get writing! Ready, steady, GO!

Did your dog eat your homework last night?

September 19, 2012 at 4:27 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

If your dog REALLY ate your homework last night, then what do you need when your teacher gives you a detention today? You need my new Wicked Word, that’s what! Go to the Wicked Words tab above right away to find out what that word is! You can even use it on your teacher!

Helloooo World!

September 17, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

You’ve probably noticed the number at the right hand side of this page which tells you how many people have visited my blog. Tonight the total is 60,435! But have you ever wondered where all my visitors come from?

Thanks to some very smart gadgets my blog host can tell me exactly where all my blog visitors live! And you come from every continent in the world EXCEPT Greenland (where are you, dear Greenlanders?) and from just about every country in the world except North Korea, Papua, Madagascar, Central Africa, Cuba, Iraq, Iran and all those “stans” in Central Asia like Uzbekhistan, Aghanistan and Turkmenistan.

But everywhere else is covered! Here are the top twenty countries:

Hong Kong, United States, United Kingdom, Australia, India, Canada, Singapore, South Africa, the Philippines, Taiwan, Ireland, New Zealand, France, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Germany, Indonesia, Thailand, Brazil and Pakistan!

My blog has even had visitors from Mongolia, Guatemala, Finland, Armenia, Moldova, Bhutan and the tiny island of St Kitts and Nevis! So a big HELLO and THANK YOU to all of my visitors! Keep on visiting and post me a comment some time!!

What an Amazing Chinese Week at AISHK!

September 14, 2012 at 10:22 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Wow, those kids at Australian International School Hong Kong are an impressive bunch! It’s Chinese Week and the whole school – kids, teachers and classrooms – was decked out in Chinese costume when I dropped by today! And Chester Choi was there too – take a look at this wall full of coloured-in dragons to celebrate him! Chester’s in the black frame in the middle!

A Crafty Chinese Zodiac Animal Display at AISHK!

September 14, 2012 at 10:08 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Grade 11 AISHK Design and Technology kids excelled themselves too! Here are their interpretations of  ten of the Chinese Zodiac animals – in 3D! See if you can indentify which two animals are missing!

     
     

The results are out!

September 2, 2012 at 8:02 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Well done all of you who put pen to paper in the holidays to write a story about Trouble in Paradise for my summer Clever Competition! There were some fabulous stories of evil gremlins and wicked witches, giant tsunamis and foolish dragons. There was even a grand piano! But best of all were the magical tropical settings, full of golden sand, sparkling sea, lush forests and amazing animals!  Special congratulations to the three finalists in each age category, and especially to the clever first place winners Kaitlyn Leung, Grade 3 Renaissance College Hong Kong in the Years 1 to 3 Category, and Jenna Jones of Grade 6 Springfield Convent, Cape Town, South Africa, in the Years 4 to 6 Category,who each win a signed copy of one of my books! Go to my Clever Competitions page right now to see their winning entries!

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