An Elephant in My Kitchen

Finally, I got to meet the author.

“All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth, my two front teeth, my two front teeth.”

Well, l not exactly, all I wanted was ‘An Elephant in my Kitchen,” by Francoise Malby-Anthony. It didn’t quite happen for Christmas, but I did get it for my birthday in January and had finished it within days. It made me laugh and of course cry, but it also made me angry. Angry that in this day an age, there are not enough consequences in Africa to prevent an animal that has been on the planet since the dinosaurs being poached to the brink of extinction. Angry because humans can be so callous and cruel. Angry because I felt helpless.

I had the pleasure of meeting Francoise in the Green Room at the Kingsmead Book Fair, where the authors mingle and meet their interviewers, before heading off for their sessions. Mine had just finished and hers was due to start. Of course, I knew she was would be there, and I just so happened to have my copy of her book with me, ha, ha, ha.

Even though I am a recognised author in my own right, with my Polly’s Piralympics Series, I was still a little nervous to approach her; which is strange because I had been approached by and had approached other authors all morning. Maybe it was because I had read her book, as well as ‘The Elephant Whisperer’ and ‘The Last Rhino’ by her late husband Lawrence Anthony. I don’t know, but with her book firmly clutched in my hand and butterflies in my stomach I walked over to her.

Immediately as she smiled at me all the butterflies dissipated, and at that moment I realised that that is probably how the youngsters feel when they come up to me to get their books signed. Well, nerves gone, we chatted for about 5 minutes before she had to leave for her talk.

Well, I can tell you I was dead chuffed and Francoise, thank you so much for the special personalised message, I think we will be talking again.

Oh, and what did we chat about?

Hmm, I think you are going to have to read #7 in the Polly’s Piralympics Series to find out –’ Polly Returns to Africa’.  And maybe, just maybe, there is another parallel series being written at the moment that you can get free, by signing up to my newsletter. Click below.

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#PollysPiralympics, #RichardtheRhino, #PollyReturnstoAfrica #AnElephantinMyKitchen

 

 

Back to The Ridge School to Deliver Even More Books

So, it was back to the Ridge Preparatory School, in Westcliffe to deliver more books today.

I met with their librarian who needed more Toucane and the Rubbish Rangers books. As I was handing them over, some grade 1’s appeared,

“Aren’t you the author lady with the birds?”

Well, I suppose that is one way to describe me, ha, ha, ha. I actually think they remember the puppets better than they remember me.

I think deep down every little boy wants to be a superhero, and Toucane and the Rubbish Rangers teaches children how to pick up rubbish/litter and put it in the bin. There is even a song in the book, which is very catchy and the kids love it.

So, with the extra books delivered, I bid the adieu and said I would see the Grade 3-5’s again in August, with Polly the Parrot. Who knows, maybe Hegwig will pop in to meet Polly the Parrot?

#Polly’sPiralympicsSeries

 

Interview with Vision View Sports Radio

So, tomorrow (31st May 2019), I will be interviewed on Vision View Sports Radio 16.00-17.00 (+1GMT) by Koni Mudau.

We will be chatting about my Polly’s Piralympics Series and in particular the Piralympic Games Books – Polly’s Piralympics, Polly’s Inuit Piralympics and Polly’s Rainy Day Piralympics.

Pirates and Paralympics!

Tune in https://visionviewsportsradio.co.za/  and press the circle on the top left

 

 

Toucane visits another school

Toucane and Jann visited The Ridge Prep School, and oh my gosh, it was like walking into Hogwarts. The School is 100 years old this year and has maintained that sense of tradition which just oozes from its buildings. Indeed, it was a privilege to be invited into the school during such a special year.

Toucane and Jann explained how it is COOL to have friends who are different from us, and how we must stick up for them when our friends are ugly to them. Especially when someone is new to our school. #ToucaneIsDifferent

They then went on to talk about when Toucane caught humans throwing litter on the beach, and how upset he got.

Jann then taught the boys a song about picking up rubbish/litter and throwing it in the bin. #ToucaneAndTheRubbishRangers

So, all the boys went away, keen to become Rubbish Rangers.

Jann Will be back at The Ridge with Polly and her Piralympics Series in August, chatting to grade 3-5’s.

#ToucaneSeries

Kingsmead Book Fair

Kingsmead Book Fair Session was packed to the gunnels.

With cushions for the little ones and standing room only at the back of the room, Polly Piralympics was a roaring success at Kingsmead Book Fair.

Polly was joined by two new pirates as well as the rest of her cousins: Toucane the Toucan, Hettie the Hornbill, Mpho the Macaw, and Guyrah the Pink Galah and Kilara the Cockatiel (who had both recently flown in from Australia).

Jann Weeratunga the author of the Polly’s Piralympics and Toucane Series’ chatted to her audience about being kind to new classmates and why it is ugly to bully people.

Not wanting to be left out Toucane popped in and chatted about not throwing rubbish/litter on the ground and sang a song with the audience about putting litter in the bin.

     

 

#PollysPiralympics, #ToucaneSeries

#amazon.com/author/jannweeratunga

Anti-bullying at the Kindsmead Book Fair

The Kingsmead Book Fair 25th May is nearly here! I must admit I’m starting to get a few butterflies, but I know that Polly and Toucane will be on the end or my arms, so I will be ok.

Here is my session on anti-bullying – how to make yourself less of a target and take the power away from the bully.

Session name: Polly’s Piralympic Series

Venue: Author Studio

Time: 10h15 – 10h45

I will also be launching Polly’s Rainy Day Piralympics, with lots of indoor activities to keep the pirates busy as they sail to Ireland. Meet the new crew, sailing in a submarine, discover a new game – Pollyopolly and watch out for those pesky leprechauns as they try to steal the Pirate’s GOLD.

Books will be sold there by Exclusive books, so get yours and then wander over to get it signed and have a pic with Polly.

Don’t forget Toucane’s books will also be available for younger readers.

After the event books may be purchased at Skoobs (Monte Casino), Fogarty’s in PE or Exclusive Books in Mall of the South. Or contact me directly janspicssa@gmail.com

#Polly’s Piralympics

#amazon.com/author/jannweeratunga

My books are on their way

My books are on their way from my printer Lee (BK Bookbindings.)

I can hardly believe all six Polly books are on their way up from Durban today. I’m counting down the days to the Kingsmead Book Fair, one of the biggest and most acclaimed book fairs in South Africa AND I’M GOING TO BE THERE!

Not only be there, but be presenting a workshop for 8-12’s on bullying and how to be less of a target for the bully. 10.15am See you there.

#HowPollyBecame a Pirate, #PollyYaNaeCanFly, #PollysPiralympics, #PollysInuitPiralympics, #PollysRainDayPiralympics, #PollysHogmanayHoliday

And Coming soon… Polly Returns to Africa

 

 

Beat the Bully

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