Category Archives: Polly’s Piralympics

Wow 2nd read, he must have liked it.


OK so Thomas’ mum ordered some more books and here is Thomas (First Mate Tom) re-reading Polly’s Piralympics.

Wow I consider that the best review I have ever received. He enjoyed it so much that her is re- reading it.

It only took him 2 days to read it the first time, so I hope he enjoys this time just as much. You go First Mate Tom!

The most special day at Craiglands

If you read this please take the time to read it right to the end.

playtimeI had the most wonderful day with the pupils and staff of Craiglands Primary yesterday. There was something amazing about this intimate school as you drove down the narrow driveway in (and of course yesterday I chose to drive the chunky monkey car!) but it opened out onto a small parking area – would have to think about the 20 point turn I would need to get back out again later.

Janine my namesake met me, oh what a beautiful lady, she made me feel so welcome right from the start and looked after me throughout my visit. we chatted and as I turned, there was a lovely golden retriever coming towards me.

You have dogs here, how marvellous.” puppy-love

I remarked.

Actually we have 5 of them.”

Did I say this was a special school? It really is.

We threaded our way through the excited children that had assembled and she then helped me put up my posters. The usual Jozi traffic seemed worse than normal yesterday and I had arrive with literally only a few minutes to spare.

Then as I turned around there were 75 eager faces looking at me (gr1-7). As I said it is a small, special school. Actually no that is wrong. My first impression was that it was actually a rather large family.

We chatted about being an author and how to write a book, as well as the content of my books How Polly Became a Parrot and Polly’s Piralympics . We also identified many of the different types of challenges we all have – can’t dance, can’t sing, can’t ride a bike, can’t see, can’t hear, one arm, no legs etc. We also acted out how to BEAT THE BULLY. The trick here if there isn’t a parent or teacher around is to GET YOUR FRIENDS TO HELP YOU – THERE IS STRENGTH IN NUMBERS. Later I would learn just how powerful that little exercise had been.

Then I read from my book Polly’s Piralympics, the chapter I had chosen was – the 3 legged race. The children helped me with  some of the sound effects and we all laughed as one of the crews had to be rescued from walking around the whole island.

Then it was question time, hands shot up everywhere, including from the staff, ha,ha,ha. and then it was finished. I packed up my posters and joined the staff for a cup of tea. Their ‘staff room’ was a table and chairs on the stoop (veranda) overlooking the climbing frame and play area.

One of the staff had taken her class to clear up their classroom. On her return she told us how during that exercise one of the boys had upset some of the others by telling a lie. The rest had all stood up to him and told him how it was wrong to do what he was doing and that they didn’t like it. – oh my gosh, never has one of my talks ever had such a fast effect.

Whilst we sat there children occasionally would come up to ask another question, and then all too quickly it was all over and time for me to leave. I drove back up the narrow driveway and out on to the main road my mind was racing with the events of my morning. Opposite there was a shady area to park under the trees alongside the road. So I pulled up.

“You’re being stupid, ” I told myself as the tears started to trip down my face. I couldn’t get the images of Nathan, Liaam and his twin brother Teghan out of my head. They along with others had come up to me when I finished my talk.

I can’t see very well.” Nathan told me.

He has only 10% vision.” Janine added.

We chatted about how he didn’t let this stop him and how he too wanted to write a book, as did Chloe, who also stood before me.

Then the twins Liaam and Teghan, I’m not sure which one was which, but one of them showed me that his brother had a hearing aid. He said that sometimes people bully his brother and he can feel it too, he knows what it is like – such is the connection between these two brothers.

Can I put you two in one of my books?” I asked them.

There is a special connection between twins and these brothers as they stood in front of me holding hands had just melted my heart and etched their faces in my mind forever. They will appear in one of my future books, of that I am sure.

So this morning I spoke with Ms Irmela Turner the head (another very special, inspiring and gentle lady.) and thanked her again for the opportunity to have met her ‘special’ children yesterday. I feel my life is a little richer from the experience and I look forward to returning in February.

Oh and did I mention that Craiglands Primary is a special school, with very special teachers and support staff, very special dogs and very special pupils – WELL IT IS, and yesterday they all touched my heart forever.

Craiglands is a remedial school for learners who experience problems in mainstream schools due to their learning difficulties. It caters for children with challenges, ADD and ADHD, is a co-ed school for learners gr1 to gr7.

You see I told you it was SPECIAL.


Polly Flies into Elliot’s Ipad


I just heard that a friend’s little boy has just come out of an operation, so I decided to cheer him up a bit and sent him How Polly Became a Parrot for his ipad, so that he can read it in hospital.

He is amazingly brave, and so is his mum. Hugs to you both and I hope he enjoys the book.




If there are any other children anywhere in the world right now in hospital 7-11 years old who need cheering up, just contact me and I will happily send them an ipad copy (FREE) to keep them busy.


Oh Wow another School!

Just had a call from the principle of Craigland’s Primary School, Gauteng.

She asked if I can go into the school to talk to the children on the 24th November. Looks like it’s going to be a busy month.

We will be talking about what a disability/challenge is and how we all have one – can’t sing, can’t dance, can’t spell, can’t count, can’t swim, can’t cook plus a host of others, which the kids will help me identify on the day. Then we’ll chat about why it’s not cool to bully each other, as we all have something someone else can bully us about and how we wouldn’t like that.

I give examples from my books Polly’s Piralympics, How Polly Became a Pirate and Polly, Ya Nay Can Fly and we will discuss how we can stand up to bullies, and where to get help.

I am so excited about going to Craigland’s and interacting with the children. I know it is going to be a very special day.

#PollysPiralympics, #HowPollyBecameAPirate, #PollyYaNayCanFly, #Paralympics, #Pirates, #KidsBooksWithPirates, #KidsWooksWithDisabilities, #BullyingIsntCool

How Polly Became a Pirate

If you would like a FREE copy of How Polly Became a Pirate, please contact me.

polly-can-she-flyPolly the baby parrot is the smallest egg of the batch. When she hatches she has only one eye, but that makes no difference as her parrot parents love her dearly. Polly lives in a nest in the jungle with her parents. One day they go off to forage for food when something terrible happens. A two legged destroyer peers into the nest…

What will happen to Polly the baby parrot? How does she become a Pirate parrot?

This book is 1/2 parts of the prologue to Polly’s Piralympics.

Email me at for a free copy.

#disabilities, #piratesbooksforkids, #kidsbookswithcharacterswhoarephysicallychallenged


The first 100. Delivering the first copy of Polly’s Piralympics to St Benedict’s Junior Prep this morning.

Oh yes, so the moment finally arrived. I collected the first 100 books from Leith my broker yesterday. Feels strange actually having them in my hands. WOW and that special ‘New book smell.’ love it, love it, love it.

So I am off to St Benedict’s Junior Prep, in Bedfordview Johannesburg this morning to deliver the first book to their library. I have a special affinity with Bennies as I have visited there before and given talks to the boys on ‘Being an Author.’

St Benedict’s gives wonderful encouragement to it’s pupils to write, be creative and use their imaginations, so it seems fitting that they should receive this copy first of Polly’s Piralympics. They still believe in good old fashioned reading and have an extensive library that the boys regularly use. I hope they will enjoy my donation adding one more book for growing minds to read and enjoy.

Polly’s Piralympics – Polly the parrot comes up with the idea of sharing their last bounty of prosthetic arms, blades and racing wheelchairs. Polly’s captain, Captain Hake then challenges the other pirates to a Piralympic Games, (Paralympics for Pirates.

With 18thcentury galleons, swords, walking the plank, gold doubloons, 21st century technology, sonar, Wi-Fi, mobile phones, prosthetic limbs, blades and racing wheelchairs, put it all together and you have the Pirate Piralympic Games.

Read how the multicultural fleet of pirates, vuvuzela playing Zulus; kilted, bagpipe playing Scots; cowboy guitar playing Americans; tattooed Maoris; yellow turbaned Indian and Abba singing Viking pirates, all compete for Captain Kingklip’s locker of GOLD doubloons.

The Games include a 3 legged race, walk the plank diving competition, catapult shooting, climb the rigging gymnastics, fencing, and a Pirate Masterchef competition, plus many more. Through these the pirates learn comradeship, what happens to cheats and why bullying isn’t cool.

#StBenedict’s, #Bullyingisntcool, #Pirateparalympics

Countdown to getting my books

I am super excited. the count down to receiving my first order of books is ticking.

I can’t believe that it is all coming together finally. with the launch at Skoobs set for the 28th January 2017, and a number of schools lined up to visit, I just can’t wait.

In the meantime I have written the intro to who and where Polly comes from available as a pdf file FREE to anyone who sends their email address with the reference:How Polly became a pirate.

The journey is nearly there