FOUR funny and fabulous Year of the Ox challenges!

February 16, 2021 at 1:43 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Yes, I know, you’re stuck at home and this Chinese New Year isn’t exactly the one we’re all used to, with its Lion Dances and big family feasts and crowds of people out there enjoying all the festivities! But fear not! I have some fun challenges for all you kids at home to complete over the Chinese New Year holidays!

You can:

  • Enter my fabulous international writing competition for primary school kids, An Oxcellent Ox Tale Competition!
  • Enter my brand new Oswald Ox Colouring-In Competition with two beautiful pictures to download!
  • Make my funny Moo Mask!
  • Listen to me reading The Tale of Oswald Ox with Asia Society Hong Kong!

Just click here to go right away to my brand new Fun Challenges page for all the links!

So what are you waiting for! Ready, Steady, GO!!

Hello San Pablo Elementary School in Florida!

February 12, 2021 at 11:53 pm | Posted in United States schools | Leave a comment
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A big HELLO to Mrs Relaford’s 3rd Grade Math class at San Pablo Elementary School, Jacksonville Beach, Florida! It was such fun to meet you all by Zoom this afternoon, to have the chance to read The Tale of Oswald Ox to you all, and to answer your fantastic questions about my books, my writing and celebrating Chinese New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai – or Kung Hei Fat Choi – to you all for a fabulous Year of the Ox! And thank you Mrs Relaford for being such a wonderful host!

Kung Hei Fat Choi for the Year of the Ox!

February 12, 2021 at 2:29 am | Posted in Video | Leave a comment
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It’s an OXCELLENT time for another Clever Competition!

January 26, 2021 at 12:28 am | Posted in Clever Competitions | Leave a comment
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Picture credit: Harry Harrison, from The Tale of Oswald Ox

Hooray! It’s almost the Year of the Ox!

And to celebrate that wise and sensible animal, it’s time we had another Clever Competition!

The Oxcellent Ox Tale Competition is an international story writing competition open to any student of primary school age living anywhere in the world! Go to my Clever Competition page right away to find out all about it! The deadline is in 8 weeks’ time, on the 28th March, so you’ve got lots of time to enter :).

I can’t wait to read your entry!

As the Rat prepares to leave town, the Ox gets ready to move in!

January 24, 2021 at 9:34 pm | Posted in Chinese New Year | Leave a comment
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Illustrations by Harry Harrison from The Tale of Run Run Rat and The Tale of Oswald Ox

At last it’s 2021, and as the Year of the Rat draws to a close in 19 days’ time, a new Zodiac beastie is coming to town! Yes, it’s Oswald Ox, carrying hundreds of great ideas for the New Year on his back! As well, of course, as his very best friend Eleanor the Cattle Egret, who loves to keep her big buddy free of annoying flies and mosquitoes, whilst at the same time keeping herself fit and healthy by eating them for dinner! Just drag the arrows above to watch what happens when Run Run Rat follows Ping Pong Pig out of the picture, and Oswald Ox moves in!

From The Tale of Oswald Ox, illustrated by Harry Harrison

Now we all know that oxen are wise and patient animals, quietly watching as the other animals on the farm scurry hither and thither, and so often overlooked. That is, until something goes wrong – and then the good old ox moves in to solve the problem. Let’s just say that in 2021, we’ll be in better hands than last year!

And if you haven’t read The Tale of Oswald Ox, and don’t know yet how he solved a great mystery on a little Chinese farm, you can get your very own copy here!

A hugely happy day at AISHK!

February 22, 2018 at 12:26 pm | Posted in AISHK, Hong Kong Schools | Leave a comment
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Desmond Dog and I had the BEST day yesterday at my old friends, Australian International School Hong Kong, when I warmly and expertly hosted by primary librarian Nicole Atkins (above)! All the classes from Prep right up to Grade 6 met my dashing dog in four fun story reading sessions – not to mention also meeting that extraordinary pirate queen Ching Shih and her Red Flags! It’s been 9 years since I first read The Tale of Oswald Ox to the AISHK kids, and I’ve visited them almost every year since with each new Chinese Calendar Tale! It’s wonderful to think that my series has grown up with this lovely school and its teachers and students and gives me many fond memories. More photos to come, but in the meantime just look at the number of books in the photo below that Harry Harrison and I and our terrific team have created over the last 12 years!

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Brrr!!!! I’m in Beijing for a fun fortnight!

January 21, 2018 at 7:19 pm | Posted in Beijing Schools, School visits, Story Readings | Leave a comment
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And just like Oswald in The Tale of Oswald Ox, in this fabulous illustration by Harry Harrison above, my mind is on the weather! I’m told it will be -4C tomorrow at NOON! But I must admit that it’s great to have an excuse to pull out my thick winter coat for once!

Tonight I’m staying at Keystone Academy, a beautiful school just near Beijing Capital International Airport, where for the next two days I’ll be meeting the primary school kids and teachers in some fantastic sessions all about the inspiration for my Chinese Calendar Tales, and how the books are planned and written. I’m hugely looking forward to it! Keep visiting my blog for all the news as I visit more fabulous Beijing schools, and the wonderful Wycombe Abbey International School in Changzhou later this week!

In the meantime, this will be me tonight – huddled up under an VERY thick duvet!

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