Just 6 more days to vote for Rodney Ram!

March 5, 2016 at 4:54 pm | Posted in Book Awards, Chinese Calendar Tales, Chinese Zodiac, Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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YIKES! There are just 6 more days to vote for my handsome, romantic, shy ram and The Tale of Rodney Ram in The Golden Dragon Book Awards 2016 Younger Readers Section! So if you’re a Hong Kong school student, teacher or parent, make sure you cast your vote at http://www.hkgoldendragonawards.org/voting.html right away!


April 17, 2015 at 12:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Cute Ram

Wow! I’ve just finished judging a grand total of 175 fantastic entries from 32 schools on 3 different continents in my Shaggy Sheep Poem competition! If I read about one more sheep or ram or goat. I’m going to start bleating VERY loudly! The entries ranged from knock knock jokes to riddles to haikus to limericks to cinqains to rhyming couplets to some really good free verse! And I really loved all your sheep, rams and goats – they were a hairy, noisy lot on the whole but quite adorable, just like my handsome Rodney Ram! Special congratulations to Nicholas Ng from Shanghai United International School in Hongqiao, Shanghai, who won First Place in the Grade 1 to 3 Category, and Ivana Wong from Kowloon Junior School in Hong Kong who won First Place in the Grade 4 to 6 Category. Go to my Clever Competitions page right away to read all the winning entries, as well as some fantastic Special Mentions!

HAPPY EASTER! And it’s time to get that Woolly Poem Written!

April 5, 2015 at 1:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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A very Happy Easter to you, wherever you are! Now Easter was a time of rebirth, when Jesus was resurrected from the dead.  And it’s also a time for all things new, because, of course, it’s Spring (at least here in the Northern Hemisphere :))! The trees are blossoming, the daffodils are nodding their golden heads, and everywhere there is new life: baby birds, fluffy golden chicks, new kittens and puppies, colts and calves, and lots of lambs gambolling in the meadows…. speaking of which…

There are just FIVE days left in my Shaggy Sheep Poem Competition!  And there’s no better way to spend a beautiful Easter holiday than writing a fun poem about a ram, a sheep or a goat! So if you haven’t got your entry in now, you’d better get cracking! See my Clever Competitions page above for all the rules! The deadline date is Friday 10th April!

Kung Hei Fat Choy for the Year of the Sheep/Ram/Goat!

February 19, 2015 at 2:44 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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bleatingsloA very Happy New Year of the Sheep – or the Ram – or the Goat – to you all from me and from Harry Harrison! Here is Harry’s wonderful cartoon – isn’t it fun?!  We hope this year is woolly, woolly wonderful for you and the people you love! Have fun and remember to keep reading lots, and lots, and lots of BOOKS!

The Year of the Sheep or Ram or Goat???

February 17, 2015 at 7:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Rodney writing an ode

For all you kids and mums and dads out there who are confused about the name of the Chinese Zodiac animal for this coming Year, here is an article which explains that ALL these names are correct. You could even include a Gazelle! So basically, so long as the animal runs around in a paddock eating grass and going BAAAAAA or MAAAAA, you can safely include it in this Chinese Calendar Year!


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