Darcy Moon in the US!

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You can’t wipe the smile off my face right now.

Massachusetts-based publisher Star Bright Books has bought the US rights to Darcy Moon and the Deep-fried Frogs.

This is SUCH exciting news, especially so soon after the release of the book in Australia. It’s not easy to break into the American market, and this is a dream come true for me.

Star Bright Books specialises in books for young readers and for those working in literacy programs in North America.

They believe ‘only the best is good enough for children and produce books that are not only entertaining, but meaningful and sensitive to the needs FROG1of all children.’

How ‘hoppy’ am I that they chose Darcy Moon?

Fan-froggy-tastically HOPPY!

 

Darcy Moon in Singapore

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I’m excited to announce that Fremantle Press (the Australian publishing house of Darcy Moon and the Deep-fried Frogs) has signed a new distribution agreement, effective last week, with the Singapore-based company Closetful of Books.

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The owner of Closetful of Books, Denise Tan will select a number of Fremantle Press titles for her program. ‘Hoppily’ for me, her first choice is Darcy Moon and the Deep-Fried Frogs.

deniseDenise has an infectious passion for children’s literature and a strong background in the book trade, having worked with well-known Singapore bookshop Bookaburra for a number of years. I am so excited that Darcy Moon and the Deep-fried Frogs is her first Australian book choice.

Already she has featured me on her website, coordinated all the book sales for my author visits at the Australian International School, managed to get Darcy Moon and the Deep-fried Frogs into the gorgeous boutique PlayDate Bookstore in the Katong V shopping Mall, and is now working with me to organise a fun and family-friendly afternoon book launch to be held at the Singapore Arts House on April 13th.

All are welcome, so please do join us!

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The arrangement with Closetful of Books is exciting not only for me, but as Denise slowly brings more and more quality Fremantle Press titles to Singaporean shores, all book lovers in Singapore will benefit.

AISS Colouring Comp WINNERS!

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By Heidi Shaw, 5S
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By Kaitlyn Tomizzi, 5R
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By Olivia Davis, 3H

WOW!

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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By Heidi Shaw, 5S
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By Oliver Rogers, 3B
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By Alice O’toole, 3B

 

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By Eden, 4F
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By Maryam Rennison, 4F

 

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By Sofia Bahia, 5M

 

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By Willow Butler, 3B
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By Daniel Burnand, 3B
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By Ella Carracher, 5A
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By Melody, Su Shen Yue, 5A
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By Hannah Fitzpatrick, 3B

 

 

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By Imanol, 4K

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

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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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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;denise@closetfulofbooks.com

What’s your favourite potato chip flavour?

When George Crum invented potato chips back in 1853, there was only one flavour available chips– salted.

And it wasn’t until 100 years later, in the 1950s, that an Irish crisp company called Tayto, came up with a way to add seasoning during the manufacturing of their chips and changed the taste of potato chips forever.

Cheese & Onion, Barbecue, and Salt & Vinegar were the first flavours invented, but nowadays there are literally hundreds of flavours to choose from, with different countries preferring different flavours depending on their favourite foods.

Some flavours from around the world include;

Australia – Sour cream and chives, Chilli, Lime and pepper, Chicken, Vegemite, Sunday Roast, Meat Pie with Tomato Sauce, Kangaroo and Emu.

US – Barbeque, Cajun herb and spice, Chile limon, Chipotle ranch, Classic BLT, Dill pickle, Garden tomato and basil, Sweet southern heat barbecue, Tangy Carolina, Parmesan and Tuscan herb, Southwestern ranch, Creamy Mediterranean herb, Spice rubbed BBQ, Maui onion, Jalapeno, Mesquite BBQ and spicy cayenne and cheese, Blastin’ Buffalo Wing, Screamin’ Dill Pickle, Ragin’ Cajun, and Sizzlin’ Sweet BBQ.

UK – Haggis & cracked black pepper, Flame-grilled Aberdeen Angus, Firecracker Lobster, Worcester Sauce, Roast Ox, Steak & Onion, Chilli & Lemon, Chicken Tikka Masala, Chargrilled steak, Cheeseburger, Steak and onion, Smoky bacon, Roast chicken, Prawn cocktail, Pickled onion, Tomato ketchup, BBQ rib, Worcester sauce, Cheddar cheese and bacon.

Japan – Mayonnaise, Wasabi, Seaweed, Soy Sauce & Butter.

Singapore – Chilli crab, Black Pepper, Soft shell crab, Grilled shrimp.

Hong Kong – Unagi Kabayaki, Salmon sushi (with wasabi), Okonomiyaki, Mongkok-style roasted sausage, Shichimi & soy sauce shrimp.

The world’s worst ever flavour – Cajun squirrel  (I’m not kidding – it’s an actual flavour!)

So far no country has frog flavoured chips. But surely they would be yummy, right?

What’s your favourite flavor of potato chip? Or your worst? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Where can I buy the book?

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DARCY MOON and the DEEP-FRIED FROGS has ARRIVED.

AND … it’s available throughout Australia as well as in Singapore.

Yippee!

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It is available in all good bookstores.

So leap into your local bookstore, and if you can’t find Darcy Moon and the Deep-Fried Frogs on the shelves – ask an attendant. They will know where it is and if they’ve sold out, they can order you one in.

You can also order it online.

Order from Fremantle Press and get the book delivered to your door.

RRP 14.99 AUD

IN SINGAPORE.

It is coming soon to a book store near you.closetfullofbooks

Watch this space!

And in the mean time just order online.

Order from Closetful of Books and get the book delivered to your door.

As an added bonus the first 30 books sold online will be personally signed by the author (that’s me!).

AND … if you enter the coupon code DARCYMOONISGREAT at the checkout page you will get $2 off the purchase – which equals free shipping!

RRP 15.90 SGD
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I will be doing author talks to all the year 3, 4 and 5s during their regular library sessions next week (March 17 to 21).

Order forms have gone out but if you missed them don’t worry. Either you, your child (or both of you) can visit me at the Upper Elementary Library between 11am-12noon on Wednesday 19th March. We will be having a lunchtime book party with questions and answers, book signings and CAKE.

TAH_NewLogo-01And finally –  the official SINGAPORE BOOK LAUNCH will be held in the Blue Room at the ARTS HOUSE, Sunday 13th April 3-5pm.

This will be a public event and all are welcome to come along for a family-friendly afternoon of book signings, conversation and a big green deep-fried CAKE (what is a book launch without cake?).

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You can order online.

Order from the following websites and have the book delivered to your door.

Fremantle Press