Saturday, 30 August 2014

Spotted in Korea


on Nami Island, a picture book display. Thanks Ann for letting me know.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Book Week unexpected surprises


Surprise 1: Beautiful boats 'constructed' by preps after being read 'Ebi's Boat'


Surprise 2: This beautiful emu jumper, knitted by this young emu-fan's grandmother!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

I've been to Canberra

 I was at the airport in time to see the sun rise.

The CBCA Book of the Year Award Ceremony was held at the National Library of Australia. Graham Byrne and I were thrilled to see in the bookshop multiple copies of both Crichton-winner Big Red Kangaroo and Emu. 
 

It was a bit tricky taking photos in a darkened auditorium, so I limited myself to this one and to the screen for the Crichton Award. 
 

 Big Red Kangaroo was in fine company with these short-listed books/illustrations, but I am thrilled to say that Graham Byrne won the 2014 Crichton Award for Big Red Kangaroo. HUZZAH!


Sunday, 10 August 2014

Emu is OUT THERE!

Yesterday, at Book & Paper Williamstown, Marjory Gardner officially launched Emu
.

The talented Danny Walsh, musician and singer with tooo many bands to mention, sang and played Old Man Emu (with audience participation of course!)


Wall projections by my husband, Kerry.


Marjory and Danny spruiking


Sue and Hannah, wonderful bookshop people




Danny demonstrating the mouth harp.


Bruce volunteering to be Danny's offsider. He had good tone, but was a little light on volume.



An emu nest cake.


Of course. :)

Monday, 4 August 2014

Flowerdale and Emu

On Thursday, I travelled to Flowerdale with Diana Lawrenson and Marjory Gardner for our fifth annual Literature Festival. Mark Wilson and Corinne Fenton were also there.

Each year we visit either Flowerdale or Buxton to present this festival. Schools are bussed in from other schools.

This year, I introduced 'Emu' to three groups: Prep/1/2; Gr 2/3; and Gr 5/6. The Gr 5/6 made a chicke/egg combo ... an egg that becomes a chicken and then folds down to become an egg again. (A new take on the 'What came first?' conundrum?)

The younger grades decorated eggs. As you see here.


 Abby provided camouflage for her eggs.


Love the colour theme here.










These eggs contain a chicken and an emu chick















Great images from a simple outline.

Monash KOALA Kids Book Club


 Last Wednesday I was invited to share 'Seadog' and 'There Was an Old Sailor' with young children at the Monash KOALA Kids Book Club at Monash Medical Centre.The bookclub aims to provide a spot of normal in the middle of medical treatment.


We read 'Seadog' then provided individual Seadogs with personalised coats. Then we read 'There Was an Old Sailor' before creating a Sailor with a wide open mouth. Sea creatures great and small then disappeared into his tummy, before being 'burped' out again.

It was hilarious, as Sailor was fed spaghetti with his seafood, via his open head. He then released his meal at the other end. Toilet humour. It's a winner. Every time.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Emu is flying!


Getting ready to launch Emu next Saturday at 2.30 pm at Book & Paper in Williamstown (36 Douglas Pde)


I've got a window!


And inside the shop ... look at the company I'm keeping. Feeling good