Come and see us at the Conrad Christmas Fair today!

November 29, 2016 at 7:45 am | Posted in Being an Author, Book Fairs, Books about Chinese Zodiac, Children's Chinese Zodiac Books, Chinese Calendar Tales, Chinese Zodiac | Leave a comment
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Christmas is coming!! If you want to stock up on the Chinese Calendar Tales you can come and buy them today from 10am to 8pm at the Conrad Christmas Fair in Pacific Place! We’ve even got the new title for next Year of the Rooster! We’ll tell you what Zodiac year applies to your lucky intended recipient – making our books a perfect gift (and a fun taste of China) for all those kiddies, nieces, nephews, husbands, wives, grandpas and grandmas overseas! And I’ll be here all day to say hello and to sign your purchases for you! See you soon!

Ming Kee Monkey visits Think International School!

November 28, 2016 at 6:29 pm | Posted in Chinese Calendar Tales, Clever Competitions, Hong Kong Schools, Monkey story, workshops | Leave a comment
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A big thank you to PYP Co-ordinator John Urquhart and librarian CK Tam at Think International School for hosting me today at their beautiful new Cheung Sha Wan campus, in three fun sessions! First all the Grade 4 to Grade 6 kids heard my Tale of Ming Kee Monkey – with LOTS of fabulous Q & A afterwards – then we had two workshop sessions, where everyone learned How to Write a Riveting Story! It was busy, and a lot of fun. I look forward to your entries in my next Clever Competition!

Patience, my friends…

November 28, 2016 at 6:08 pm | Posted in children's literacy, Clever Competitions, Uncategorized, writing competitions | 4 Comments
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What a wonderful lot of Horribly Hilarious Halloween stories I’ve received from you all! I’m judging the competition now…but I’ve got a VERY busy week ahead of me, with three school visits and two Christmas Fairs in just six days, so please have patience while I get the judging finished, and I’ll post the results as soon as I possibly can!

Another fun day at PLK CKY School!

November 24, 2016 at 6:13 pm | Posted in children's literacy, Poetry Workshops for kids | Leave a comment
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Today I had a lot of fun with the fabulous Grade 4s of PLK CKY School at Piper’s Hill, Hong Kong, in three busy sessions, with my Introduction to¬† Poetry Workshop. The sessions ended with some great group work completing a poem called Let’s Destroy the School in perfect rhythm and rhyme! Many thanks to the fabulous Joli Moore, primary librarian, for hosting me!

Just 2 more days to enter my Horribly Hilarious Halloween Competition!

November 23, 2016 at 5:24 pm | Posted in children's literacy, Clever Competitions, Writing competitions for kids | Leave a comment
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Ha ha me hearties! You have just TWO more days to get your entries into my latest Clever Competition, the Horribly Hilarious Halloween Story Competition! So gather up your swords, sweet buckets and wits and get that story finished and sent off right away! See my Clever Competitions page above for all the details!

Thank you NACIS for a fabulous day!

November 9, 2016 at 12:21 pm | Posted in Chinese Calendar Tales, Shanghai schools, Story Readings, workshops | Leave a comment
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Big thanks to librarian Julie Zhu (pictured with me above top right), Head of Primary Charlotte Moore, and all the other wonderful staff and students of Nord Anglia Chinese International School in Shanghai, for a great day yesterday! I hugely enjoyed meeting you all, and introducing you to my Chinese Calendar Tales and my Dirty Stories! We had story readings of The Tale of Pin Yin Panda and The Tale of Ming Kee Monkey, then two fabulous workshops with Grade 5 and Grade 6, discovering How to Write a Riveting Story. And then I met lots of lovely students to sign their books – with over 400 books sold!! A very warm thank you to the staff who helped to make the visit such a success. I look forward to meeting you all again next year!

Ming Kee Monkey creates mischief at WISS!

November 7, 2016 at 9:05 pm | Posted in Children's Chinese Zodiac Books, children's literacy, Chinese Calendar Tales, School visits, Shanghai schools | Leave a comment
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Today Ming Kee Monkey and I – and all the other Chinese Calendar Tales beasties – had a fabulous day at Western International School Shanghai! We had three fun story readings, where everyone from the Grade Ones to the Grade Fives heard The Tale of Ming Kee Monkey and all the scrumptious history behind it! Here I am above with my lovely hosts, Head of Libraries Fiona Collins on the right, and Primary Librarian Isolde Rosevear on the left, who looked after me beautifully all day! I can’t wait to read all the WISS entries in my Horribly Hilarious Halloween story competition!

Thank you Wellington College International Shanghai!

November 6, 2016 at 7:54 pm | Posted in Children's Chinese Zodiac Books, Chinese Calendar Tales, Shanghai schools | Leave a comment
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A big thank you to the wonderful Pippa Jacobi and her assistant Bo Bo for making me so welcome at Wellington College International on Thursday. I had a great time introducing the kids to my Chinese Calendar Tales characters (including my stuffed toys with the bears in disguise!) in 3 fabulous story readings. I hope to see you all again soon! Photos to come!

Four funny and fabulous sessions at BISS Puxi!

November 1, 2016 at 8:12 pm | Posted in Books about Chinese Zodiac, Chinese Calendar Tales, Shanghai schools, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Warm thanks to my friend Liz Wood at BISS Puxi who hosted me today in four fun Chinese Calendar Tales sessions with the Grade Ones, Grade Twos, Grade Fours and Grade Fives! The Grade Ones met my hungry Chinese dragon in The Tale of Chester Choi; the Grade Twos learned all about the Legend of Lord Buddha’s Race and why pandas aren’t in the Chinese Zodiac when I read them The Tale of Pin Yin Panda; and the Grade Fours and Fives took an exciting trip along the Silk Road with The Tale of A Dark Horse! We all had a lot of fun, and learned some fantastic Chinese history and folklore along the way! See you all again soon!

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