Thanks Fullers for a funny and fabulous event!

May 27, 2017 at 4:01 pm | Posted in Being an Author, Books about Chinese Zodiac, Bookshop event, Chinese festivals, Hobart | Leave a comment
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A big thank you to all the friendly efficient staff at Fullers Bookshop in Hobart for hosting a wonderful event this afternoon for me and Rickshaw Rooster! We had a lovely crowd of babies, kids, pre-teens, mums, dads and grandparents, who cockadoodle-dooed beautifully during my story reading, learned lots of Chinese history, and did brilliantly in the post-reading Quiz (for which they won some tasty fortune cookies!) Special thanks to my host for the day, Anne – photographed with me above – to Cat, the fabulous shop manager, and to Peter Igram-Jones who so patiently and efficiently handled all the lovely book sales in the three schools I visited this week (even though we sold out of four of my titles!). I’ll see you again soon!

A marvellous morning at St Mary’s College

May 26, 2017 at 6:35 pm | Posted in Australian schools, children's literacy, Hobart, St Mary's College, Story Readings | Leave a comment
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What a fun morning I had today at St Mary’s College here in Hobart, introducing my Chinese Calendar Tales! My lonely dragon Chester Choi and I met all the lovely girls and boys of Prep to Year 1, and vain but loveable Pin Yin Panda and I met all the kids in Years 2 and 3! It was a joy to work with such a lovely lot of kids and their dedicated teachers. Warm thanks to lovely Deputy Director of Junior School, Glynis Devereux, who was my host for the day, and to librarian Marylouise Jones, who invited me! I hope to see you all again soon!

 

Announcing the winners of the March Minibus Madness Photo Competition!

May 13, 2017 at 11:58 am | Posted in Hong Kong Minibus, Hong Kong Schools, Photo competitions | Leave a comment
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A big THANK YOU to all the Hong Kong kids, mums and dads who sent in such funny and fabulous photos to our March Minibus Madness Photo Competition! Me and my team at Auspicious Times loved them ALL – and it was clear that you all had a lot of fun tracking down our minibuses on the Island and Kowloon-side and posing in front of them! But a winner there has to be, and in the end we simply couldn’t choose between two fabulous photos below!

Winning entrants Ema and Claire each win a COMPLETE SET of signed Chinese Calendar Tales, as well as a FREE set each for the primary school of their choice!

Here they are, with the stories behind them:

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EQUAL WINNER: Ema. We loved Ema’s cheeky face hiding behind The Tale of Run Run Rat, and the clever way she featured the entire set of Chinese Calendar Tales on the front of Island-side Minibus 22 in her photo! We’ll be letting you know more about Ema and her primary school of choice soon. Ema wrote: “I really enjoyed travelling across Hong Kong to find the bus and take this image at Pokfulam Gardens. Hope you’ll like it as well!”

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EQUAL WINNER: Claire. We loved Claire’s night-time photo of our Kowloon-side Minibus 74, just about to get a good wash! Claire’s mum Majela sent us the sweetest covering email – here’s just some of it below! We’ll let you know more about Claire and her chosen primary school shortly!

I am writing to enter the competition. In fact it should be my daughter Claire who is writing to you, but she is too sleepy now and we need to make sure we send the photo to you before the deadline which is the end of today! Claire and I don’t live or work/study close to any of the bus stops on the two minibus routes. We were always looking for the chance to go to a bus stop to take photos. Both of us were quite busy so I felt we almost gave up when the deadline was approaching. We should NOT! Today Claire and I invited a family to dinner and we got to choose the restaurant. I chose Elements mostly because it’s where the minibus 74’s terminal is. It was 10:25pm when we got to the bus terminal and Claire spotted Run Run Rat in no time. Claire was thankful for the bus driver who stopped cleaning the bus to let us take photos – the driver moved his buckets away several times to give us more space beside the bus; we said it’s ok, we actually wanted the buckets in the photo because it’s so real life. Claire was amazed how many people were working that late at night as her usual bedtime is 8:30pm!

Aren’t they wonderful photos! Congratulations again to Ema and Claire and everyone who entered our March Minibus Madness Competition! We hope you continue to enjoy our funny and fabulous Chinese Calendar Tales AND our two fantastic Hong Kong minibuses!

A fabulous photo shoot!

April 15, 2017 at 6:17 pm | Posted in Being an Author, Photoshoots, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Huge thanks to Hong Kong photographer Ellen Claire Taylor for a fun photoshoot on Wednesday this week at my home in Tai Po, in beautiful Tai Po Kau Park, and at the Pok Fu Lam Gardens terminus of Green Minibus 22 on Hong Kong Island! Here I am above left at home with my beautiful new book Storm Whale, launching in Melbourne on 1st June; at my favourite local park in Tai Po Kau (above right) and catching up with the Chinese Calendar Tales characters on Green Minibus 22 at the Pok Fu Lam Gardens terminus in the rain! Pandora, my toy panda, loved it!

Wow! 52 entries in our March Madness Minibus Photo Competition!

April 2, 2017 at 9:46 am | Posted in Photo competitions, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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IMG_2784Congratulations to all you 52 clever people out there who registered in our March Madness Minibus Photo Competition! Registration has now closed, and my team at Auspicious Times and I can’t wait to see your fun photos!

But first you have to complete our Questionnaire in Step 2! We sent you your unique number when you registered, with the link to our fun multiple choice questionnaire: please don’t worry, it’s not difficult, and all the answers are on our website at http://www.chinesecalendartales.com!

So send in your completed questionnaire, and after that, we’ll send you the exciting instructions to the final Step 3: That Photo!

The weather’s perfect, the Easter holidays are here…what better time to go snapping our funny and fabulous minibuses! Remember, you can find them on Hong Kong Island here: http://www.16seats.net/eng/gmb/gh_22.html and on Kowloon side here: http://www.16seats.net/eng/gmb/gk_74.html!

So get cracking and get snapping!

Last chance to win a free set of books for you AND your school in our March Madness Minibus Photo Competition!

March 31, 2017 at 2:13 pm | Posted in Hong Kong Minibus, Hong Kong Schools, Photo competitions | Leave a comment
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Yes, it’s the last day of March, and the deadline to sign up in our fabulous March Madness Minibus Photo Competition is midnight Hong Kong time today! So if you want to win a free set of my funny and fabulous Chinese Calendar Tales…PLUS a free set for your favourite primary school, go right away to http://www.chinesecalendartales.com to register right away in our competition!

A Cockadoodle Doo Reminder for TWO competitions…and some good news!

March 28, 2017 at 1:45 pm | Posted in Online Sales, Photo competitions, Rooster story, Writing competitions for kids | Leave a comment
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REMINDER NUMBER ONE: MARCH MINIBUS MADNESS PHOTO COMPETITION!

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March is about to end…and there’s a big deadline looming! If you want to be in the running to win a COMPLETE SET of my Chinese Calendar Tales (including The Tale of Rickshaw Rooster) for YOU and ANOTHER COMPLETE SET for your SCHOOL, then click here https://www.chinesecalendartales.com/en/shop/ right away to register in our March Minibus Madness Photo Competition! Registration closes on 31st March – and remember:If you’re not in it, you can’t win it :)!

REMINDER NUMBER TWO: CLEVER COMPETITION NO. 30: A REALLY RIVETING ROOSTER TALE!

If you’re a primary school student, anywhere in the world, you still have FOUR weeks to enter my latest international writing competition for kids! Click on my Clever Competitions page here https://sarahbrennanblog.com/competitions-and-challenges for all the details! I can’t wait to read your entry!

AND SOME GOOD NEWS!

We’ve had a few problems lately with our online sales website at https://www.chinesecalendartales.com/en/shop/ and some of you have been unable to make your orders. But the great news is that everything is fixed and we’re up and running full speed ahead! So if you haven’t yet updated your Chinese Calendar Tales set yet, or purchased your copy of The Tale of Rickshaw Rooster, or horrified your mums and dad with my two funny and fabulous Dirty Stories, then you can go right away to https://www.chinesecalendartales.com/en/shop/ to make your purchase!!

Cock-a-doodle-doooooo!

A brilliant Sunday at Bookazine Children’s Booksfest!

March 28, 2017 at 10:47 am | Posted in Bookshop event | Leave a comment
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Many thanks to Thing 1 and Thing 2 (a.k.a. Shonee and Arti Mirchandani above) and Clemence (top left) at Bookazine for inviting me to their fabulous Bookazine Children’s Bookfest on Sunday morning! After a fun Facebook Interview with Little Steps Hong Kong (Where’s Wally above :)), a huge host of kids, mums and dads were entertained with LOADS of story readings by the Hong Kong Talespinners (middle far right), Gregory March with his wonderful new yoga book for kids, The Dog who Chased His Tail (middle third from left), Ellen Ng and Assia Bennani (Hong Kong A to Z), Matthew Cooper (Black Rain Day), Bhakti Mathur (Amma Tell Me series) and last but not least, me with my Tale of Rickshaw Rooster from The Chinese Calendar Tales! We even had a Facebook interview with a lovely journalist from Little Steps Hong Kong, dressed as Wally (middle second from left)! It was SO much fun! There are tons more fabulous photos here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/bookfestbybookazine/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1412166398843876!

Come and Cockadoodle Doo with Rickshaw Rooster and me today at The Repulse Bay!!

March 26, 2017 at 10:26 am | Posted in children's literacy, Chinese Calendar Tales, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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17553990_1520514737981037_6367927819699384240_nWe’re telling tales tall and terrific at the Bookazine Children’s Bookfest today at The Repulse Bay!! So if you feel in need of a magical story from 5 fabulous authors and the wonderful Talespinners – come and join us from 11am to 5pm! You can even buy signed copies of our books – yay!! See you there!

A wonderful visit to my friends at WISS!

March 21, 2017 at 6:45 pm | Posted in School visits, Shanghai schools, Western International School of Shanghai | Leave a comment
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My last day in Shanghai was spent with my old friends at Western International School Shanghai! Here I am with my lovely friend, primary librarian Isolde Rosevear, who hosted me to a lovely day with the Grade 1s and Grade 5s! The Grade 1s and I had huge fun learning about Chinese dragons, with a reading of The Tale of Chester Choi, and the Grade 5s and I explored all the time-honoured rules about How to Write a Riveting Story. It was such a lovely, welcoming, warm day, and a fitting end to a really marvellous adventure in Shanghai!

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