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BOOK WEEK NEWS: Enfield Primary School talks.

My last day of Book Week found me at Enfield Primary School. There were lots of kids keen to learn all about graphic novels.

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Naturally I did my character creation part of my talk. Here is what the kids came up with.

First we have Joe the rabbit. He has slugs for arms, a hamburger for a body and dinosaur legs. He lives in a cave under the sea.

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Next we have Lexi the shark. She has robot arms, a kangaroo body with skeleton legs. She lives in a giant Pokeballon on Planet Mars.

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Here we have Bob the unicorn. He has an eyeball for a body, T-Rex arms and sharks for legs. He lives in a huge jellyfish on the Moon.

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Last we have Jerry the mouse. He has a wedge of cheese for a body, rockets for arms and the Hulk’s legs. He lives in a giant book in Candy land.

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Some of the kids after my talks decided to draw some pictures to give to me. Thanks guys, I think these pictures are awesome! Stay rad and keep on drawing!

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BOOK WEEK NEWS: Playford Library talk.

Right after doing my King’s Baptist Grammar talks I drove down to the Playford library to give another talk. It was a good turn out and everything went great. Here is what the kids came up with when I did my character creation bit.

Meet Milkshake the cat. He has a log for a body, brooms for arms and octopus legs. He lives in a magician’s hat in space

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BOOK WEEK TALKS: Kings Baptist Grammar – DAY 2

On the second day of talks at King’s Baptist Grammar I had a bunch of kids waiting for me to sign stuff when I rocked up. It was awesome and I have never had that happen to me before.

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As usual I did my talks and ended with a character creation part. Here is what the kids came up with.

First up we have Debbie the cat. She has bananas that shoot out puppies for arms, a KFC bucket for a body and chainsaws for legs. She lives in a giant hot dog in the land of doughnuts.

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Next we have Bobby the pig. He has giraffes for arms, a snow mans body with bacon for legs. He lives in a whale in Candy land.

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Last we have Fred the worm. He has a vending machine for a body, sausage dogs for arms and human legs. He lives in a giant Lego block in a forest.

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I had an amazing time at King’s Baptist Grammar. I just want to thank Denise Visciglio and  all the kids for making we feel really welcome! Thanks everyone!

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BOOK WEEK TALKS: Kings Baptist Grammar – DAY 1

Today I got to do talks at Kings Baptist Grammar and it was awesome! I’ve done talks there before but this time they had a big new library.

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First up we have Kevin the sloth. He has a doughnut for a body, human legs in high heels for arms and snakes for legs. He lives in a teepee on Mars.

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Next we have Rob the unicorn. He has a human head for a body, Pool Noodles for arms and octopus tentacles for legs. He lives in a giant broccoli in the land of sausages.

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Last we have Baloon (yes, with one L) the snake. He has an eyeball for a body, Cheese burgers for arms and bones for legs. He liven in a very fat pig in the world of milkshakes.

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It was a great day and I can’t wait for day 2.

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COLONEL LIGHT GARDENS PS BOOK WEEK TALKS, DAY 2

Day two of my Colonel Light Gardens talks went off without a hitch!

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Here’s what the kids came up with in my character creation part of my talks.

First we have Bob the chicken. He has a planet for a body, robot arms and rockets for legs. He lives in a roast turkey in the world if fish.

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Next we have Gig the elephant. He has a house for a body, Meatballs for arms and human heads for legs. He lives in a giant coconut on Mars.

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Last we have Tyrone the hippo. He has a fish for a body, tentacle arms and unicorn horns for legs. He lives in a giant pumpkin on a cloud.

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I really enjoyed the last two days at Colonel Light Gardens Primary School. Librarian Simone, all the staff and all the kids were awesome. Thankyou everyone for inviting me to talk at your school.

COLONEL LIGHT GARDENS PS BOOK WEEK TALKS, DAY 1

Monday 24th: Today I’m doing talks at Colonel Light Gardens Primary School. Everyone was welcoming and awesome!

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I did my usual character creation part t the end of my talk. here is what the kids came up with:

First we have Bob the pig. He has a pizza body, tentacles for arms and sporks for legs. He lives in a giant potato in the world of marshmallows.

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Next we have Timmy the koala. Timmy has T-Rex arms, a hotdog for a body and penguin legs. Unforunatly we ran out of time to draw what world he was from but at least I got librarian Simone in the shot.

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Last we have Jimmy the cat. Jimmy has a burrito for a body, Twisties for arms and light bulbs for legs. He lives in a giant TV on a huge tennis ball.

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I really enjoyed day one of my Colonel Light Gardens PS talks and I look forward to tomorrow for day 2.

St. Michael’s Primary School talks

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I got to do a bunch of talks at St. Michael’s Primary Campus. As usual I did my character creation bit at the end of my talks. Here is what the kids came up with.

First we have Jeff the Hippo. He has cactus for arms, pogo stick legs and a cats paw for a body. He lives in a giant hotdog in the land of lollies.

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Next we have Bob the lion. He has crab arms, human legs with heads for feet and a roast chicken body. He lives in a giant meatball on the moon.

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Here we have Pie the pig. He has forks for arms, crocodiles for legs and a pizza for a body. He lives in a giant googly eyed fish also on the moon.

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Last but not least we have Jeff the chihuahua. He has tentacles for arms, robot legs and a cardboard box for a body. Jeff lives in a giant slinky. I run out of time to draw what world he lives in but I would like to think that he lives in the world of marshmallows.

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It was a great day at St. Michael’s Primary School. Everyone was really friendly and the timing of the talks worked really well. All the kids were into it and I had an awesome time.

45 1/2 Excuses for NOT doing Homework. OUT NOW!

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Written by P. Crumble.  Illustrated by Dan McGuiness
‘Oh, homework. Sorry, I thought you said gnomework.’

All the unique and completely believable* reasons you’ll ever need for why you haven’t finished your homework!

Seaford and Woodcroft Library talks

I got to do do a talk at the Seaford and Woodcroft library.

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As usual I did my character creation part at the end with the kids. Here is what they came up with.

My first stop was Woodcroft Library. There we got Blobbles the Horse. Blobbles has squid arms, cows for legs and a cardboard box for a body. He lives in a giant shoe in the land of bubbles.

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Next at Seaford Library we got Milo the cat. Milo also had squid arms, Parrot legs and a orange for a body. He lives in a giant peanut in Pig World.

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Salisbury Writers’ Festival

Sean Williams, Amanda Blair and I did a panel talk on story creation. All three of us had to make up a story on the spot. My part was to also draw stuff from the story on a whiteboard. In the end we didn’t finish the whole story but I think the audience got a good example of the creative process.

 

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It was a great day. I had fun, got to hang with other like minded people and drink wine. Big thanks goes out to all the people that worked super hard to organise the event. People don’t realise how much work goes into putting on one of these events.

Ardtirnish Primary School – BOOK WEEK – DAY 5

Today book week had me at Ardtirnish PS.

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Here is me and some of the kids with a Pilot and Huxley comic made by Lochie.

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This is what the kids came up with in the character creation part of my talk.

It’s Sassy the ant. He has a donut body, pickle legs, Frenchman arms and a fish tail. He live in the Tardis in the land of Gummi Bears.

I had a great day and everyone was super friendly.

Hills Christian Community School – BOOK WEEK – DAY 4

Day 4 of Book week found me at Hills Christian Community School. It was an awesome day of fast paced talks.

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Here is what the kids came up with in the character creation part of my talk.

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First up we have Larry the dog. He has arms that are made of teeth with fish finger fingers, horse legs and a fish’s body. He lives in a french fries house on Mars.

 

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Next we have Fred the frog. He has skeleton arms, chicken drumstick legs, a muscle mans body and a tiger’s tail. He lives in a sneaker in the world of Fruit and veggies.

 

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Here we have Sunny-Jim the wolf. He has T-Rex arms, caterpillar legs and an ice-cream for a body. He lives in a giant donut in the land of books.

 

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Last we have Mr No the crocodile. He has muscle man arms, octopus legs, a beer belly and a monkeys tail. He lives in a giant upside-down pig in the land of whales.

It was a really fun day. All the kids and teachers were super nice. Thank for the awesome day guys!

Stirling Library – BOOK WEEK – Day 3

Today I was up at the Stirling library for Book Week.

Here is what the kids came up with during the character creation part of my talks.

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First up we have John the rabbit. He has a watermelon body, custard legs, robot arms and a snake for a tail. He lives in a giant mushroom in the land of books.

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Here www have Robert the elephant. He has a computer for a body, giant fingers for legs and carrots with mouths at the end of them for arms. He lives in house made out of cheese at the bottom of the ocean.

It was a great bunch of talks and the teachers, organisers and kids were all awesome! Thanks guys.

Salisbury Heights P.S. – BOOK WEEK – DAY 2

Day two of Book Week ended me up at Salisbury Heights Primary School.

Here is what the kids came up with in the character creation section of the talks.

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First up we have Steve the cat. He has hotdog arms, candy cane legs, slime for a body with a possum’s tail. He lives in a hamburger in the land of donuts.

 

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Here we have Frank the shark. He has octopus arms, Minecraft legs, a cats tail and a body made of fire. He lives in a jelly castle in the land of lollies.

 

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Last we have Billy the unicorn. He has T-rex arms, goats for legs, a mandarin for a body with a banana pig’s tail. He lives in a birthday cake at the bottom of the oceans.

All the teachers and kids where awesome and made me feel really at home. I had a great day.

Black Forest PS – Book Week – Day 1

Book week is here again! Black Forest PS was my first set of talks for the week.

Here’s what the kids came up with in the Character creation part of my talk.

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Here we have Bob the pig. He has robot arms, chicken legs, a muscle man’s body and a fish tail. He lives in a cardboard box in the land of KFC.

 

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This is Timmy the slug. He has bear arms, stick legs and an ant’s body. He lives in a giant llama in the land of mushrooms.

 

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This is Borris the hippo. He has octopus arms, Fish tail legs, a baked bean for a body and an arm for a tail. He lives in a turtle shell inside Jabba the Hut’s belly.

 

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And last we have Jimmy the elephant. He has tiger arms, squid legs and a sausage body. He lives in a giant hamburger in the land of volcanoes.

I had a great day and all the kids were awesome!

Aldinga library Talks

Here is a drawing that me and the kids did on the 3rd of May at Aldinga library.

His name is Jeff. He is a rat with a donut body. He has tentacles for arms, Dolphins for legs and a cat’s tail. He lives in the Land of Toilet Rolls in a giant eye ball house.

 

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Stirling Library Talk

I did a talk on Graphic novel at the Stirling library.

Here is what the kids came up with in the character creation part of the talk.

This is Steve the dog who has a taco for a body, donut arms with chip fingers, skeleton legs and a flower for a tail. He lives in a giant chicken on a huge marble in space.

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Goodwood Library Talk

I got to do a talk on graphic Novel at Goodwood Library. He is what the kids came up with in the character creation part.

The kids came up with Boris the fish that has a basketball for a body, robot arms with skinny legs that have pizza for feet. He lives in a pineapple in the world of cheese.

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Sutherland Shire Writers Unleashed festival

I had the pleasure to do a bunch of school talks at the Sutherland Shire Writers Unleashed festival. A big thanks to the organisers for inviting me and to all the kids for being a rad audience.

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In the character creating part of my first talk the kids came up with Boo the crocodile with melting chocolate arms, hot doglegs, a skeleton body and a dragons tail. Boo lives in a giant stack of pancakes in the world of chips n’ gravy.

 

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Second was Bob the hippopotamus. He has tentacle arms, carrot legs and a sugar cube body.

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Next they came up with Mog the unicorn. Mog has T-rex arms, one mermaid tail for a leg and a chick leg for the other. All topped off with a turtles body. Mog lives in a giant marshmallow in the land of cheese.

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Here we have Krob the rabbit. Krob has banana arms, snow ball hands, octopus legs and an upside down roast chicken body.  I apologise for the blurry photo.

All up I had a great two days in Sydney. Thanks again to everyone that made it all happen.

 

 

Just Joking. OUT NOW!

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Just Joking is a joke book from Camp Quality and Scholastic. I did all the illustrations for it.

Blurb.
What do you call a pig that knows karate?
A pork chop! 

With heaps of new jokes inside and page after page of fun activities, this is a book that will keep kids entertained for hours! Includes loads of hilarious illustrations by Dan McGuiness, creator of the popular Pilot and Huxley books! 

Camp Quality is committed to bringing hope and happiness to children living with cancer, their families and communities, through ongoing quality recreational, educational and financial support programs. 

Scholastic Australia is proud to donate all royalties from sales to this worthy cause.

If you would like to buy a copy online, go here.

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