Some happy kids meet Ming Kee Monkey!

November 24, 2020 at 11:42 pm | Posted in Hong Kong Schools, Kids4Kids HK | Leave a comment
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Thank you David Wong, Director of Operations at one of my favourite reading charities, Kids4Kids Hong Kong, who has just sent me this photo of a fabulous bunch of kids from Po Leung Kuk Wong Wing Shu Primary School in Hong Kong, each holding a copy of my book The Tale of Ming Kee Monkey! I was delighted to donate the books to this wonderful charity a few months ago, and it’s great to see my mischievous little monkey spreading some happiness and fun to the kids of Hong Kong!

A Story Reading to start your week!

November 16, 2020 at 5:24 pm | Posted in Story Readings | Leave a comment
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A big thank you to Pauline Wong at Asia Society Hong Kong for sending me this link to the very first session of the Young Adventurer’s Book Club, a fantastic joint initiative from Kids4Kids and Asia Society HK, which we recorded back in June! Click on it to hear me reading Storm Whale, my multi-award listed story illustrated by celebrated Australian artist Jane Tanner and published by Allen & Unwin, inspired by my childhood summer holidays in Tasmania. You can see Jane Tanner‘s beautiful pictures as I read. You can also see me chatting with Fontaine Gibb from Kids4Kids all about summer holidays in Hong Kong, and even more interestingly, about the extraordinary sperm whale which features in my story!

Did you know that sperm whales:

  • make the loudest sound of all animals on the planet?
  • can dive 3km in search of food?
  • have their blowholes on the side of their heads?

Listen to our fun session to find out more fascinating facts about these giants of the deep! And next week I’ll be posting the link to another fun session with the Young Adventurer’s Book Club recorded earlier this year, when I read my book The Tale of Pin Yin Panda!

Thank you Class 3R for your fabulous book reports!

November 11, 2020 at 11:23 pm | Posted in Glenealy School, Hong Kong Schools | Leave a comment
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I was so happy to receive 13 wonderful book reports about my book The Tale of Run Run Rat, and equally great pictures from Class 3R at Glenealy ESF School following my Zoom visit there recently! Here are just a few pictures, from Ludovic, Chloe, Samaira, Dylan, Freda, Henie, Burhan and Adhiraaj. Aren’t they fantastic?? Thank you so much, Class 3R, for making my day!

Run Run Rat zooms into Glenealy School in Hong Kong!

November 3, 2020 at 8:51 pm | Posted in Hong Kong Schools | Leave a comment
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Last Wednesday I had a fantastic time visiting all the kids of Glenealy ESF School in Hong Kong by Zoom! We had two fabulous sessions, from P1 to P6, where I shared my very first story in the Chinese Calendar Tales series, The Tale of Run Run Rat, in a fun story reading, complete with those extremely naughty Chinese crickets Yin and Yang!

And right in the middle of my session with P1 to P3 the village bells here in my village in France rang out the 7am carillon, and I was able to open the shutters so the kids could hear it! It was a truly magical moment! A big thank you to the lovely Gisele Stones, primary librarian, for inviting me!

Hello from France!

November 3, 2020 at 8:15 pm | Posted in new books | Leave a comment
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Hello my lovely fans and friends! I’ve been a little quiet for a while…because my French husband and I have just moved to our lovely house in a little village in the Dordogne in south west France, and we’ve been soooo busy! Here is a picture of it, taken just after we arrived, when the weather was still hot! Now, it’s getting chilly and all the trees are changing colour – it’s very beautiful!

Our little village has a wonderful old church with a bell tower. The bells chime the hour, every hour, and also do a very noisy but pretty carillon at 7am, noon and 7pm! Here are some pictures of our village:

But fear not! I shall still be visiting all my old haunts in Hong Kong, China, the rest of Asia and Australia with my books, whether in person or by Zoom! And I can’t wait to see you all again soon!

Even more exciting, I’ve got a new book in the pipeline! It’s my very first chapter book for kids aged 8 to 12 and it will be published by Blacksmith Books early next year. You’re going to love it! So keep visiting this blog for some sneak previews! And if you want to make sure you don’t miss out on any news, just click the Subscribe button on this page!

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