Book Week 2018

Book week  started on Friday 17th August with a Hollywood themed dinner with the WA branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

With Amber Moffat & Susanah Hammond – Photo by Jan Nicholls

Guest speaker A.J. Betts entertained us with tips she’d picked up during production of Zac & Mia TV Series (based on her novel) and later during her visit to attend the Daytime Emmys.

Monday featured Book Character Dress Up Day – a chance to be very eighties and channel Fancy Nancy.

This years Book Week theme is ‘Find Your Treasure’
Who would find the treasure first?
The Pirates?
The Dragons?
Or the students?

Find Your Treasure – Book Week 2018

Students had to find answers to questions in bottles or rebus questions, most requiring them to search on both the Library OPAC or Google (and sometimes both!) in order to ‘claim’ their treasure
The level of difficulty of the question determined what prize box they could ‘claim’ a treasure from.

On Wednesday I had to strap in Pepsi’s stunt double to head off to Cambridge Library.

Pepsi’s stunt double being a perfect Canine Story Advisor and showing off the Healthway 2&5  message

Youth Services Librarian, Melissa Payne introduced all my sessions and even this potato loving author learnt something.
With over 4,000 edible variety’s of potatoes in Peru (including purple ones!) I’ve now got a new travel destination on my bucket list.

The Year 6s came on a writing journey with me, learning how to turn real life events into fiction, ending with a scurryfundge.
Then the Year 1s, and Pre-primary students got to make their very own Canine Story Advisor – I hope they’re not as troublesome as mine (although you do need a spot of trouble to make a story interesting!)

Many thanks are extended to Cambridge Library for inviting me and to the Children’s Book Council of WA (and their fabulous Book Week sponsors — The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Lotterywest and Healthway through their Go for 2&5 message) for making both my visit – and author visits all around the state possible, exposing students to the love of reading.

Meanwhile back at school, my kidlets were still busy finding answers and claiming treasure. In fact, I run out of pins to display all their answers and have another stack of answers in my desk draw!

Can you spot the WA titles in turned into rebuses? (All Clipart used is from Open Clipart)

Book Week is always a busy and important time, and I think this year’s Book Week was the best so far … but I say that every year!


Book Launch. Pepsi the Problem Puppy

Preparations for the book launch went well, that is, until Pepsi realised she wasn’t invited…

They’re ALL licked!

Aśka made sure we were surrounded by dancing and prancing Pepsi’s.

Norman launched Pepsi the Problem with aplomb – in his trademark style by tossing a copy into the audience.

Photos courtesy of Denis Knight —

And I hopefully remembered all my thankyous – which I’m going to repeat here because a book’s journey to print is never a solo effort.

    • Pepsi for all the bouncing, prancing, peeing and pooing that ended up in this book.
    • Grant for always being my first and last reader.
    • Deb Pidco and her year 3 cohort in 2014, for being my beta readers.
    • Bassendean Writers Group & my SCWBI Critique group for their input into Pepsi’s story.
    • Sally Odgers & Teena Raffa-Mulligan for their editing.
    • Maureen Eppen, Suzie Eisfelder and Julian Vinciullo for their proof-reading expertise.
    • Bassendean Library for the use of their facilities, both for the writing group and for the launch tonight.
    • My Publishing Mastermind group, in particular, Rebecca Laffar-Smith and Karen McDermott, for their support & expertise on this journey.
    • Karen McDermott for enabling me to use her contacts at KS Printing and letting Pepsi hitch a ride to Australia with Fergus the Farting Dragon. (It should be noted that any bad habits Pepsi has with regards to farting were not acquired on this journey.)
    • Norman Jorgensen for believing in Pepsi’s story.
    • Aśka, who took on my crazy project and brought to life the spirited characteristics of the real Pepsi Parsons in her fictional counterpart.
    • Last, but never, least – the generous stranger whose lungs are keeping me alive and giving me additional time to write.


The launch was held at Bassendean Memorial Library – chosen to complete a circle.
I’m not meaning to sound cryptic, but referring back to an essay I wrote on What The Bassendean Library Means To Me.