Its been almost four years and I am so excited to launch my first box set available in our store. Max who has been inspired by my Nephew and then my son has a huge Imagination, his adventures are to encourage and inspire our little ones to use their imagination! This box set has 5 fun books. The Beach, The Safari, The Race Car, The Sandpit and the newest book, The Shadow.
- Chrissy x
Karen and I would love to see you down at the Pt Chevalier Library - Auckland on Sat 10 Nov, 11am!
We will answer all your awesome questions and sign books too :)
You are invited!
Come on down to The Dorothy Butler Children's Bookshop on 8th of Sep at 3.30pm! Don't forget to RSVP :)
Karen the very talented Author of Elastic Island has written a brilliant article about books for our middle readers. An extract is below but you can check out the fill link here.
I was ten years old when I first fell in love with books, and I remember the excitement of reading a novel that I couldn’t put down, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, and then the entire Narnia series. I read, and reread these books, before going on to discover other authors and worlds of escape. It created a lifelong love of reading which has led to me being a published author of fourteen books. I’m best known where I live in New Zealand, but my books are now coming out in Australia, and they are also published further afield in the UK, USA, Germany, Poland, Singapore, Brunei and Malaysia!
However, up until Christmas last year, I had only published books for adults, a mix of bestselling novels, and non-fiction that was written with the intention of inspiring and helping others. But I have a beautiful ten-year-old in my life, Milla, and she is also an avid reader, so I started thinking it would be timely to do a children’s book and involve her in the process. This thought got me to dust off a draft sitting on my computer – a children’s book started ten years ago – Elastic Island Adventures: Jewel Lagoon. I thought it would just be a fun family project we did together, but after a conversation with a publisher I ended up with a publishing deal, and the movie rights have also been optioned. So it’s been a busy year of deadlines with book one publishing in May, and book two, Elastic Island Adventures: Port Mugaloo publishing now, and I’m busy writing book three in the series currently, which will be out next year.
The best part of this writing project has been having Milla involved! She has named some of the characters and helped me with research, and we’ve had a lot of fun discussing lots of mad ideas, some of which have made the books, and some of which haven’t. But Milla has been able to experience what it is like to have a book come to publication and each step of the project from writing and editing, to the illustrations and design, to receiving the first copy of the book, and going on to do the publicity and promotion. There is a lot more to having a book published than just writing it, so it’s been an amazing experience to be able to share this with Milla.
Karen is touring Queensland Australia schools in August to talk about her book series Elastic Island. You can find her at:
Monday 20th August:
9.00am St Anthony's Catholic Primary School
11.00am Brisbane Grammar School
1.30pm Clayfield College
Tuesday 21st August:
7.00am St Peter Chanel
9.00am Hilder Road State School
11.30 Kelvin Grove State College
2.00pm Junction Park State School
Wednesday 22nd August
9.00am Macgregor State School
11.30am Calamvale Community College
2.00pm Greenslopes State School
Thursday 23rd August
9.00am Bethany Lutheran Primary School
1.00pm Coopers Plains State School
Friday 24th August
8.45 am Kenmore South State School
11.15 am Chapel Hill State School
1.30 Ironside State School
Its been another exciting week in our Duckling house! The Green Fairy has come on board and is ready for Pre-orders!
So what is the Green Fairy about? And what is Augmented Reality?
Have you ever wondered why the traffic lights glow? The story revolves around adventures of the Green Fairy and the Red Fairy, who secretly live inside a traffic light. The fairy species naturally glows at night, and in our modern times they need to find a place to remain unseen from the lurking Fairy Catchers, who typically hunt them down in the forest. With her green glow, the Green Fairy lets the cars go, while the Red Fairy makes them stop.
From the Author:
‘Parents tell me that after kids engage with “The Green Fairy” and listen to her story, that they begin to wave at the traffic lights when getting dropped off at school in the mornings,’ says Alejandro. ‘Let’s capture people’s imagination, by creating a modern-day fairy tale that brings magic to our daily urban lives.’
The Green Fairy is a universal story about finding your place in the world. It’s about becoming comfortable with what makes you unique and different, rather than having to change to please others. The series teaches kids to accept diversity in our communities by following the struggles of the Green Fairy as she tries to adapt in a multi-cultural fairy world. It’s also a tale of controlling your inner ‘traffic light’ of finding the balance between being too cautious and taking too many risks.
This delightful story will enchant children everywhere. The book can be read simply as a book – but if you use your iPad and download the Green Fairy app you can summon the Green Fairy in Augmented Reality, she lives on the pages, and literally jumps excitedly, flies around and even points at the words as she reads you the story!
Ok WOW - so a Fairy actually reads the story to you?
Well, I am SO excited and can’t wait to read this to my son! Get your pre-order in quick as we have a limited first run being printed and will be ready on Aug 1st. If you have any questions please comment below! EEEkkkkk exciting! :) Chrissy x
Its been an exciting week as the First in this exciting series Elastic Island books are ready! We have a special Launch that you are invited to! At the very special Dorothy Butlers Children shop on the 13th May. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you there!
Easter is a time for Chocolate and Family, or if you don't have a sweet tooth like me its time for markets and BOOKs!!! Books make such a great gift at ANY time of the year :) Any excuse. I attended the Stratford Prosperos Farmers markets with my Sister, Niece, Nephew and my son! It was Fantastic! I had the pleasure of doing a book reading with the kids and face painting with my son. Amy book and doll were the favourties and kids are loving her dreaming adventures! :)
We hope you had a lovely Easter, we would love to hear from you please pop to our Facebook Page or Instagram page for our latest updates and competitions.
Its markets season again which is so exciting because I get to talk to you face to face and ask what you think about our products!
Yesterday was the first for Amy doll & book and the resopnse was great!! thanks to all those that came down to see me!
Due to request Amy doll and Amy doll book combo are now available in store!!!
Its been an exciting week for me this week! Well to be honest most weeks are exciting because I love working with books and I get to do what I love everyday!
So if you follow our Facebook Page you would have already read our announcement that Duckling Publishing has made the first expansion to publish another authors Novel! Karen McMillian is a friend of mine and when I heard about her idea for Elastic Island I was hooked and had to have it! So its been such a fun journey over the last 6 months of finessing the story, working on the cover and the title to make what I think is an amazing action adventure story for 6-12 year olds! I couldn't be happier for our first expansion!!! Loved every part of it.
Jewel Lagoon will be out on the 1st of May and we will be having a very special and entertaining Launch at the Dorothy Butlers Children Shop on mothers day! Watch out for more info on that!
Jewel Lagoon is available for pre-order from our store!
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