Category Archives: Polly’s Piralympics

Those Pesky Leprechauns

Those Pesky Leprechauns.

Polly meets the Leprechauns, but watch out as they are out to steal the pirate’s GOLD!

Meet Tricksy Short Legs, Clumsy Green Feet and Hairy Freckle face as they join Polly and the Pirates in this next exciting adventure, in the Polly’s Piralympics Series.

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Polly’s Piralympics new release!

A new Polly book is out in 2 weeks

It is always exciting when you finish a book, but for me when I finish a Polly book, it is something special. She just sort of grows on you. I love writing these books and watching the children’s faces when I read to them (Adults too for that matter, ha, ha, ha.)

Well, the 6th Polly book is now complete and I will have Polly and all my books at the Kingsmead Book Fair on Saturday 25th May. So, if you’ve heard about Polly and not met her, now’s your chance. Puppet Polly and her friends will be there as well as Toucane and his books. Come with your kids and let them meet Polly and get your copy of the Polly’s Piralympics Series signed.


Story Writing

A few weeks back, I visited Heerengracht Primary School in Eldorado (South Johannesburg). The headmistress, Mrs Daniels, has an infectious enthusiasm which sweeps you up as you enter her school and I ended up volunteering to run a story writing competition for her grade 6’s.

I always love visiting schools, the energy is just contagious, however, little did I realise to run a competition properly I would need to put in a lot of work. I first set up a rubric to mark to, then I started to read and assign marks for each section I had created eg. front cover, illustrations, credits, story length, did the story engage me, overall impression etc. It was a process that took several hours, though was, I must say thoroughly enjoyable. Isn’t it just amazing the stories kids come up with, I definitely feel there are some budding authors that will emerge from this school in the future.

So, when I returned to award prizes of my book to the winner, I explained how the pupils how the competition had worked and why we need a start, middle and end, to our writing as well as the other criteria I had used.

The competition was amazingly close between the top four stories, but one, in particular, engaged me a little more than the others, that of The Little Rabbit by Veandre. It had everything a short story needs, was the right length and left me wanting to read more by this young author. Congratulations, Veandre for producing a wonderful piece of work and to Heerengracht Primary School on the quality of stories, your teachers should be very proud of you.

The runners-up were Jordan T, Bailey and Lebohang.