Monday, July 21, 2014

Artwork for The Lion Dance

My wonderful illustrator, Soefara keeps out-doing herself. These are her latest pieces from our upcoming book, The Lion Dance.

A Fun Day with the Kids and Teachers of EtonHouse Preschool

Today Soefara, Denise and I headed on down to EtonHouse for a visit and boy did we have a  lot of fun. The principal, Gabrielle, met Soefara and me at the entrance and led us up to the classes we would be visiting: The K2 Bandicoots and the K2 Kangaroos.

I have to say that the kids were brilliant, so smart and a lot better behaved than I was at their age,  or even  now!  After reading If I Were a Blue Kangaroo and At the Night Safari, I discussed what you need to write a story: characters, setting, and plot, while Soefara talked about how she transforms the words of a story into pictures.

Then it was time for the kids to come up with a story of their own. We decided they would write about a character named Ferjerbert.  

The Bandicoots decided that Ferjerbert was a six-year
-old space alien monster with a pet named Flubber who got stuck 
on a very sticky moon.

Soefara's sketch of me reading to the K2 Kangaroos

The K2 Kangaroos had a different idea of who Ferjerbert was. They said that he was a 100-year-old boy with a space alien head and a dinosaur tail who loved eating curry rice ice cream. Yum! He crashed landed on the moon after the rockets on his space ship fell off!

Then two kids from Bandicoot shared their stories about Ferjerbert. Some kids said the moon was sticky because it was made of caramel. I thought this was brilliant! One of the kids, Nico, said that when Ferjerbert and Flubber got stuck on the sticky moon, Ferjerbert tickled Flubber until Flubber burst into tears of laughter and the tears washed away the stickiness! Genius!

Two kids from Kangaroo shared their original stories about a Princess party and a trip to the beach. The stories were amazing! I also have to say I was very impressed by K2 student Eito's drawings. He's so good and he's only five! And his friend Bun does a great job too! 

At the end of the session we handed out stickers to everyone and the two kids who shared their stories received limited edition paper dolls from our latest book, A Day with the Duchess. Thank you to the kids and teachers of EtonHouse for a wonderful morning! Let's do it again!

Friday, July 18, 2014

For the passengers and crew of MH17 and their families

There are no words for this tragic event today. Prayers for the passengers and crew and their families. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Weekend at the Bookstores

I spent most of my weekend visiting bookstores around Singapore. Thanks to Bookaburra, Times Centrepoint and Playdate for hosting my visits. Also a big thanks to my distributors Denise and Kelvin from Closetful of Books for arranging my in-store appearances.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Michael Owen in Singapore

After 13 years, World Cup '98 hero and England, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Real Madrid Striker was back in town for a series of personal appearances for Wisma Atria. I first met him back in 2001, when he was in town for a promotional tour with Liverpool. He was nice and incredibly down to earth back then and he still is. Now that he's a dad of four, I took the opportunity to give him a copy of A Day with the Duchess for his youngest daughter.

Here are some photos from yesterday.

Saturday, June 14, 2014


So last night we met for our regular Saturday night book club and the book of the month was Candy Gourlay's Shine. I wish I could write half as well as Candy. She's a fantastic story teller. Now, people, go buy her book! And if you haven't bought her other book, Tall Story, buy that too!

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