Let’s dance!


Hi folks,

Quick news flash! My zombie book Zompoemz is already available on Amazon in paperback $8.67 here. The ebook is almost ready. Watch this space or maybe not. You see silly me pressed a little button to transfer my lovely blog readers to my new blog and it’s not ready yet. Oops! I just need to add a sign up part and share buttons and it will do for now. I’ll keep you (blog) posted wah wah!

I can’t wait to share the zombie video I did with the kids, it was so fun!

Anyway I think it’s time to dance. Check this video out it is so cool!


PPBF is back! Dog Loves Books

At last it is picture book season again. Susanna is back with Perfect Picture Book Friday. Alas I’m having trouble commenting on her blog but I for sure read them.

Here is a book which is perfect to instill a love of reading in kids.

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Dog Love’s Books written and illustrated by Louise Yates,

Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York an imprint of Random House Children’s Books.

Suitable for: 3-7

Themes/Topics: Actively enjoying what you do rather then waiting for something to happen, patience, belief.



Dog loved books.

He loved the smell of them.

And he loved the feel of them.


Dog loves books so much he opens his own bookstore. He sits there impatiently waiting all by himself until he gets distracted by reading and then never feels alone. He knows what to do when customers roll in.


practice sketching characters


Activities: Pretend to open a bookstore using the books you have at home. Which books would you recommend? Which book would a customer catch you reading?


What a delightful book this is and the end papers are lovely too with all the dogs. Read more perfect picture books in Susanna Hill’s wonderful library of picture books.




BE A CHANGEMAKER: Celebrating with Quotes!

Catherine Johnson:

I didn’t mean to post today but these quotes are awesome!

Originally posted on EMU's Debuts:

Be A Changemaker by Laurie Ann ThompsonWe are continuing the celebration for Laurie Ann Thompson’s debut Be A Changemaker, which will be published on September 16. Inspirational quotes are peppered throughout the book, and so we Emu’s decided to share quotes that have been meaningful and motivating to us. We’d love to hear your favorite quotes too!

And remember, comment on any post this week and be entered to win a signed copy of Be A Changemaker!



From Donna Bowman Bratton:

This quote by Ben Franklin has been posted above my computer for years. It obviously speaks to the writer in me, but it hints, too, at taking conscious actions for change.


 I love this quote by Charles Lamb because it so simply speaks to the heart of any good deed, large or small.


Of course, the ultimate quote for any changemaker comes from Mahatma Gandhi:

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Jack and the Beanstalk Art

Happy Literacy day!


Apparently Hannah is the giant and I am Jack running off with the gold. I have no idea how she was prompted to draw the story but I love that the giant is a girl! Maybe it should be Jackie and the Beanstalk.

A little while ago I wrote a Chinese version with a beansprout and I know Susanna Hill has a Jac and the Beanstalk easy reader published.

Does anyone fancy writing a quick poem using the picture as a prompt? Here’s something to get ideas floating:

If I’d have known when I climbed up that the stalk was a giant in disguise

I think I would have swung on its hair a ploy to cover its eyes.

Then swing down the back away from her arms

And run home to mummy and show her my charms.


My zombie ebook is coming soon. Anyone care to write a zombie version of Jack and the Beanstalk?




Aisles of Smiles and Bees

Yesterday morning we had the funniest time getting bees out of the car before the school run. The panic and mayhem was over until the boys we give a lift to school opened the door to get in. I ran around the car to evacuate another bee and realized I had left my door open. It was hilarious!


Grandpa Bee (here I go again putting birds’ feet on everything)

untitled (4)It’s much more pleasant to read bee poems. Have you seen the smiling faces of Douglas Florian’s bees. I don’t think they would sting anyone.

imagesRTWV7Y9QAnd if you’d rather have a giggle at funny poems than bees in cars here’s what you’re looking for. I’ll see you on aisle 3.

Poetry Friday is hosted by Laura Shovan at Author Amok



Everyone always says if you want to be a great writer you have to read loads of books. So what do you reckon you have to do if you want to draw. My first thought is draw, then look at drawings.

I got some great advice recently and  believe it came from the author of How to draw stupid and other essentials of cartooning by Kyle Baker. Watch people drawing. He also has a very motivational story about believing in yourself when no one takes you seriously. It’s a great book.

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Anyway, I found a video showing how to draw a lollipop with a face on it. All you need is a steady hand.


And these Wordtoons look fun to try too:

Does anyone have a recommendation of a good channel to follow for art on YouTube?