Tags: Allen and Unwin, Leigh Hobbs, Melbourne, Readings Bookshop, Storm Whale, Tasmania
I’m SO excited to introduce you to my beautiful new book Storm Whale, published by Allen and Unwin in Melbourne, and gloriously illustrated by the remarkable, wonderful, prize-winning Australian artist Jane Tanner! It’s very different to my beloved Chinese Calendar Tales, but I think you’re going to love it too! It’s the story of 3 little girls who find a whale stranded on a beach, and try to save it, and what happens afterwards. I was inspired to write it by memories of my childhood holidays at the beach in Tasmania, where the summers were often wet and windy, and sometimes we be heartbroken to find beached whales on the shore.
Here is a picture of our new book, held by Australia’s Children’s Laureate, Leigh Hobbs, my lovely new friend http://www.leighhobbs.com/. He tracked it down to a special exhibit of Australian books at the famous annual Bologna Children’s Book Fair, which took place this week, and very kindly sent me this photo!
Storm Whale is officially being launched at Readings Bookshop, in Lygon Street, Melbourne on the 1st June! I’ll be there, and Jane Tanner, and my lovely agent Julie Watts, and of course Erica Wagner, Head of Children’s Books at Allen & Unwin and her wonderful team. So if you are going to be in Melbourne too, it would be fantastic to see you there! I’ll be posting the official invitation soon with all the details!
Tags: Chinese Calendar Tales, Chinese Zodiac, Melbourne, Methodist Ladies College, Story Readings
A big hello to one of my favourite cities – the fabulous Melbourne! I’m on a quick visit here to visit some publishers and the lovely ladies of MLC before flying down to Hobart for a week of fun school visits and events! I’m so glad to be here and look forward to catching up with my Melbourne buddies!
Tags: Book launch, Chinese New Year, Melbourne, The Tale of Rodney Ram, Tim's Bookshops
A big thank you to the fabulous team at Tim’s Bookshop, Maling Rd, Canterbury, who hosted a fun Chinese New Year Event this morning! Rodney Ram and I met some wonderful Canterbury kids, mums and dads, who listened to me reading Rodney’s Tale, answered questions brilliantly in my quiz, and enjoyed some lucky laissee packets filled with golden coins (well, the chocolate kind :)…) Gong Xi Fa Cai to everyone who came, and may you have a Rambunctious Year of the Ram!
Tags: Chinese New Year, Melbourne, The Tale of Rodney Ram, Tim's Bookshops
Gong Ci Fa Xai a.k.a. Season’s Bleatings for Chinese New Year!
Come and celebrate the brand new Year of the Ram (or Sheep or Goat…) at Tim’s Bookshop in Maling Road, Canterbury, in Melbourne this Saturday morning at 10.30am! We’ll have a fun story reading to introduce my new Chinese Zodiac character, a quiz with prizes for everyone from 3 year olds to the grown-ups, laissee packets for every kid (with a yummy chocolate gold coin!), free Rodney Ram bookmarks, and a book signing! It’s a great story for kids from 4 to 40 (and their mums and dads!). So don’t miss it! Every book sold will help support the international children’s charity Room to Read.