Archive for March 24, 2014

AISS Colouring Comp WINNERS!


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browse this site What a talented bunch of kids at the Australian International School. Michael Scott Parkinson’s colouring in sheets were a HUGE hit. We had so many fantastic entries to our colouring-in competition. It was almost impossible to pick only 10 winners. So we picked 15! Here they are. The top 15 AISS colouring-in sheets!


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Congratulations to all the winners. And thanks to EVERYONE who entered. Perhaps you can find your artwork in the picture below?

























A week of school talks at AISS.

This week I spent my time at the Australian International School in Singapore giving author talks to the year 3, 4 and 5s.

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The fantastic display by the librarian team. And yes, that is an origami frog on my head.

It was fantastic fun. The kids were enthusiastic, full of questions and it was great to meet so many passionate readers.

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The kids from AIS were thoughtful, imaginative and clever. The majority loved funny stories with conflict, suspense and adventure, while far less were keen on romance.

I owe a HUGE thanks to Jo-Anne Ward and her upper elementary library team. They not only created a wonderful author display, origami frog activities and a never ending stream of colouring-in sheets, but they also organised a fan-froggy-tastic lunchtime celebration and kept 750 kids running to schedule over 5 days, 15 talks and a hopping good lunchtime book launch.

By far, the most popular part of the talks was the character development exercise. We used one of Michael Scott Parkinson’s amazing frog drawings as inspiration and came up with some truly frog-tastical ideas.

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all of us

My good friends and fellow authors Sarah Mousey and David Seow were there for moral support and my Singapore distributors Denise and Kelvin from Closetful of Books did an amazing job coordinating the sales.

Here are a few of my favourites.

Hip, the 58 year old street dancer who does beat boxing in his spare time and has a pet gorilla.

Swaggy, the 900 year old model-frog who likes to play it cool and has a pet fish.

Roger Flipperson, the 39 yr old Jumpsuit designer who races F1 cars in his spare time and owns a pet pig named Oinkus Maximus.

Bob Stewy Steve the Jaz teacher who likes to eat donuts.

And …

Smooth, the gangster frog who has a pet tiger and beats people up for fun – yikes!

And after the fun, we all agreed. The best things about being an author is creating interesting characters and making them do funny things – like forget to wear pants!

We also had LOADS of FANTASTIC entries to our very popular colouring-in competition. The artworks are currently being collated and will be judged over the weekend. All the entries are wonderful and I’m not sure how we will pick, but the best 10 entries will be featured here, on the FROG BLOG, Monday 24th March.

And finally, if you live in Singapore and haven’t got a copy of the  book yet, you just need to email Denise at;

Class visits are FUN!

Note: OK, OK, due to technical issues the video thing isn’t happening right now but I will get on it! SOON! PROMISE. In the meantime you can read this..

So I went and visited a pre-primary class today! I talked about why books are so awesome and drew some of our favourite things on the board that we like to read about. The class then explained to me how to draw a frog cos I seemingly for a split second entirely forgot what frogs look like! I still think they DO have dinosaur tails but anyway…

We finished up by looking at some pictures from Darcy Moon and talking about what was happenning in the pictures and what the characters would be like and then they drew their own frogs!  I’ll be posting their frogs up on the website soon (maybe the weekend) but I wanted to thank PP3 at Atwell Primary school for letting me come in and talk to them. It was my first time talking to a group of kids in over a year (I used to be a childrens librarian and talked to groups 3 or 4 times a week) and I had a lot of fun!

Afterwards we walked over to the library and donated a (signed of course with a silly drawing) copy of Darcy Moon to the school library so if anyone’s reading this from Atwell you have no excuses :P


I can’t wait to post the pictures soon – I have some fun ideas of what to do with them.. Hmmn, I wonder what THAT could mean…

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