The Chinese Calendar Characters romp into CAIS Lower Primary School!

March 20, 2015 at 7:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Today my funny and fabulous Chinese Calendar Tale characters and I went romping in to Christian Alliance International School Lower Primary Campus at Kwai Chung! We met the gorgeous Kindies, some Grade 1s, and the Grade 2s, with two story readings of The Tale of Pin Yin Panda, and two of The Tale of Rodney Ram! And they all met my fun cast of stuffed toys, cousins of my Chinese Calendar characters. Here I am above with librarian Jeannie Li, holding Spring the Lamb, library technician Justin Enns looking a bit puzzled as he points at the Big Cat Stamford, who never made it into the Zodiac (all because of that cheating Rat), and me with my Bear Bunny Bear! I’ll be seeing you all again on Monday when I visit the rest of the Grade 1s and the Grade 3s!

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A Fun Frolic at Fintona!

February 16, 2015 at 10:28 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Rodney Ram and I started our Chinese New Year Melbourne tour at the wonderful Fintona Girls School this morning, with a wild and woolly assembly! We talked all about Chinese New Year, and the Chinese Zodiac, and how it all started with Lord Buddha’s famous Great Race, and how you have to get everything super-clean in time for the big day, including your house, and your business, and your haircut! Then the gorgeous girls met my equally gorgeous Ram for a fun story reading! It was a fun frolic! Many thanks to Head of Junior School, Sally Clayton (above), librarian Robyn Sundberg and Year 2 teacher Andrea Sherburn for hosting me! I look forward to lots of entries in my Clever Competition from the Fintona Flock!

G’day, Aussie, Here We Are!

February 16, 2015 at 10:14 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Rodney Ram and I are VERY excited to be in Australia for Chinese New Year! We’re visiting some fabulous schools in Melbourne this week and Sydney next week, and we can’t wait! Sheep have always been very important to Australia…so Rodney is going to feel right at home, so long as nobody tries to shear him…or EAT him! Keep following my blog to find out what we’re doing!

Hellooo to all my fans in Singapore!

February 9, 2015 at 9:49 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Today I arrived in Singapore on the first leg of Rodney Ram’s Rambunctious International Reading Tour! Rodney and I (and all the other Chinese Calendar Tale Characters) will be visiting some fabulous schools in Singapore before heading down south to Australia on Thursday to visit schools in Sydney and Melbourne! We’re on the run!

My Shaggy Sheep Poem Competition starts NOW!

February 9, 2015 at 9:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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A very Happy Year of the Ram (or Sheep or Goat) to you! It’s time for my next competition – and this time, of course, it’s all about sheep! I want you to write me a fun poem all about a single sheep, or a flock of sheep, or a ram, or a goat – in fact any woolly animal that runs around in a paddock and says “baaaa”! It can be any sort of poem – rhyming verse, or an acrostic, or a haiku, or a limerick, or even a knock knock joke! You can even write some weally woolly free verse! I’ll be looking for excellent vocabulary, great ideas, good spelling, and above all, something to make me smile! So this time it’s a fun one and I wish you lots of fun writing it! Deadline for entries is Friday 10th April, so you’d better start dreaming up your poem right away! See my Clever Competitions page above for all the details!

Rodney Ram’s fabulous Book Launch at Bookazine Princes Building!

February 7, 2015 at 7:39 pm | Posted in Chinese New Year | Leave a comment
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Thanks Arti and Shonee Mirchandani for hosting the official Hong Kong Book Launch of The Tale of Rodney Ram at Bookazine Princes Building! We had a fantastic crowd of over 70 kids, mums and dads, who heard me reading Rodney’s story, then did brilliantly in Harry Harrison’s fun quizz, before queuing up to have their new books signed! Take a look at all the photos on my Facebook page at

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