Thank you Kowloon Junior School!

October 30, 2017 at 6:28 pm | Posted in Hong Kong Schools, Kowloon Junior School, Story Readings | Leave a comment
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Today I had the great pleasure of visiting my old friends at Kowloon Junior School! My lovely host was librarian Carrie Davison, above, who organised a fun-filled day of story readings! I saw four big year groups: the Grade Ones met my hungry dragon in The Tale of Chester Choi; the Grade Twos heard all about the Legend of Lord Buddha’s Race – and why pandas aren’t in the Chinese Zodiac, in The Tale of Pin Yin Panda; the Grade Threes heard my lyrical story Storm Whale and fell in love with Jane Tanner’s gorgeous illustrations of the grand old whale, and the Grade Fours got a fabulous history lesson all about the end of imperialism in China … as well as a fun story reading of The Tale of Rickshaw Rooster and a talk about the symbolism in the Chinese Zodiac! Phew! It was a busy day, but a fun one! More photos to come soon!

A fab interview with Jed Doherty of Reading With Your Kids in Boston, USA!

June 29, 2017 at 9:44 am | Posted in Children's Chinese Zodiac Books, children's literacy, Podcasts | Leave a comment
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I was so excited a few weeks ago to be contacted by one of the United States’ most famous family entertainers, Jed Doherty, from Boston, who asked me to talk all about the Chinese Calendar Tales for his huge Reading With Your Kids podcast audience in the States! We ended up talking for MUCH longer than expected, not just about my books, but also about our shared passion for children’s literacy – and our shared concern about the overuse of digital games and social media which is NOT GOOD AT ALL if you want to be a great reader, with great vocabulary, great writing skills, great general knowledge and a great brain!

We had such a good chat that Jed ended up dividing it into 2 podcasts! The first podcast, all about the Chinese Zodiac, my love of Chinese history and culture, and our funny and fabulous Chinese Calendar Tales, was released to iTunes and iHeart Radio on 22nd June!

You can listen to it here.

And if you want to find out more about Jed and his fantastic work in the States, you can read more here.

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 warm return to NAIS Pudong!

March 21, 2017 at 4:21 pm | Posted in China photos, NAIS Pudong, Shanghai schools | Leave a comment
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My Shanghai adventure started with a full-on, fun day at Nord Anglia International School, Pudong, where I was expertly hosted by the lovely Kym McCullough, librarian and fellow-Aussie! Here we are in the beautiful lobby of this outstanding school! The Year 2s met my feisty Pin Yin Panda and revised the order of all the animals in the Chinese Zodiac; the Year 3s heard my fabulous new Chinese Calendar Tale, The Tale of Rickshaw Rooster, and learned some fascinating modern Chinese history, while the Year 4s and Year 5s both did my fun Poetry Workshop! We all had a ball!

Rickshaw Rooster is flying home – to Shanghai!

March 15, 2017 at 6:17 am | Posted in children's literacy, China photos, Shanghai schools | Leave a comment
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Yippee! Rickshaw Rooster and I are flying to Shanghai today for 3 fabulous school visits and a special appearance on The Bund!! Which of course is where that feisty rooster runs THAT race!! I can’t wait to see my old friends in Shanghai – and to make some new ones too! – and to see my lovely fans at the Shanghai International Literary Festival at 10am at M on the Bund on Sunday!

The Tale of Rickshaw Rooster is my homage to a city that I love, that has made me very welcome over the past 9 years, and my homage also to its remarkable history that made it The Paris of the East!

And if you haven’t already booked for my session at the SILF, here’s the link! http://www.m-restaurantgroup.com/event/sarah-brennan-rickshaw-the-rooster-childrens-session/

Do make sure you see some of the other exciting sessions too – it’s a fantastic opportunity to meet authors from around the world, for both adults and children, and to hear them talk in person about their work. Not to mention having your books signed by the authors themselves!!

See you soon, Shanghai, with a great big COCKADOODLE-DOOOOO!

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Rickshaw Rooster’s Funny and Fabulous Hong Kong Launch!!

February 15, 2017 at 6:18 pm | Posted in Book launches | Leave a comment
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A big Cockadoodle Doo from Rickshaw Rooster, and huge thanks from me and Harry Harrison, to all our lovely fans who attended the Hong Kong launch of our latest Chinese Calendar Tale, The Tale of Rickshaw Rooster, on Saturday! There were over 30 kids, plus their lovely mums and dads, and we all had a lot of fun crowing our heads off, as well as supporting the national teams in that Race along the Bund in the story! Many thanks to Arti and Shonee Mirchandani, Clemence and all the team at Bookazine for another funny and fabulous Book Launch, as well as for these terrific photos!

Roosters are crowing all over Hong Kong!

February 8, 2017 at 10:44 am | Posted in Chinese festivals, Chinese New Year, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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They’re in shop windows, arcades and doorways all over Hong Kong – they’re even on high heels! What a great celebration for the Year of the Rooster! And my Rickshaw Rooster, being very vain of course, thinks he’s the cock-a-doodliest of them all!

New launch date for your diaries!

February 1, 2017 at 1:03 pm | Posted in Being an Author, Book launches, Bookazine Princes Building, Bookshop event | Leave a comment
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My dear friends will all know that, sadly, my Dad passed away on the 18th of January, and we had to postpone Rickshaw Rooster’s funny and fabulous Hong Kong launch at Bookazine, Princes Building, in Central. But you can’t keep a good rooster down…and I’m delighted to tell you that the Book Launch is on again, on Saturday, 11th February from 2-3pm! I’ll be posting the new invitation on my blog tomorrow, but in the meantime, make sure you put it in your diaries!

A proud Aussie Outback Rooster!

February 1, 2017 at 7:27 am | Posted in Rooster photos, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Say hello to a proud Aussie Outback Rooster, spotted by my good friend (and fan of the Chinese Calendar Tales) Jeanette Rengel from Western Australia. Isn’t he something? Thanks Jeanette for sending in this wonderful photo!

Lions are Rampant in Hong Kong!!

January 31, 2017 at 11:04 am | Posted in Chinese festivals, Chinese New Year, Chinese Zodiac, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Funny and Fabulous Lion Dance.jpgHello again! Here is a fabulous Lion in a Lion Dance at Hong Kong Airport for Chinese New Year! How many Lion Dances have you seen lately? Aren’t they fabulous!!

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