Raumati South Monsters GRRRR!
A fantastic bunch of monsters from this amazing class of New Entrants

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BIG BOOK BASH - Saturday Dec 2nd,11am - 6pm
Here's a quick reminder for those who might be in and around the Carterton area this coming Saturday. The day will be full to the brim with Authors and Illustrators talking about their books, offering tips and reading from their work. For all the details go to

My event WORDS, PICTURES & MONSTERS starts at 12:15pm. See you there!

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Big Book Bash added 3 new photos.

at the Big Book Bash, Sat 2 Dec, from 12:15
Fun & interactive reading with the author and illustrator of 'Mrs Mo’s M...onster' and 'What Are You Supposed To Be?' Children (for 6+ years) will also learn how to draw Mrs Mo’s monster.
Paul Beavis was born in London and studied Graphic Design at Central St. Martin’s before working on children’s animation shows for the BBC and Channel 4, and then website design.
When asked why he wanted to be an author and illustrator, he answered: "I think the question is, who doesn’t want to be a writer or an illustrator? It’s great fun, but what they never tell you is that it’s really, really hard work and you have to write and draw a lot of rubbish before you get better – but it’s worth it."
His first book 'Mrs Mo’s Monster', published by Gecko Press, won the 2015 LIANZA Russell Clark Award for Illustration. His latest book 'What are You Supposed to Be?' was published by Scholastic in June and his latest collaboration with Deano Yipdee ‘StinkoSaurus’ has just hit the bookshops.
Paul Beavis / Gecko Press / Big Book Bash

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Sat 3:00 PM UTC+13Gecko PressWellington, New Zealand
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What Are You Supposed to Be? written and illustrated by Paul Beavis ©2017 Produced from the original book by RNZ in association with Scholastic NZ Ltd. ©2017...
Wellington publisher hitting the road for their first exhibition at the Hawke's Bay Show.

A wonderful day at Porirua, Cannons Creek and Whitby Libraries. Thanks everyone.

Porirua Library added 11 new photos — at Porirua Library.

We had an amazing time with author, illustrator and special guest Paul Beavis today! Paul read his brand new book ' What Are You Supposed to Be?', and had us mu...nching, crunching and chewing our way through 'Mrs Mo's Monster'. We even got to be our very own monsters!

Paul's first book took 8 years and one day (!) before it was published, and his advice to budding young authors and illustrators: Don't give up!

Paul will be at Cannons Creek Library (1:30pm) and Whitby Library (3:30om) this afternoon, so come and say hi

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Given the old website a new lick of paint.

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Monday 28 August, 9:00-5:00pm Do you want to learn how to illustrate a children's book? This is a unique workshop with local publishers, experienced illustrators (Paul Beavis and Josh Morgan), and an award-winning art director (Vida Kelly). Participants will be able to present and receive feedback o...

Some superb Mrs Mo's Monsters created at Friday's Capital E Workshop session. Thanks to everyone who came along and to for being terrific hosts.

Our friend Paul Beavis gives us a peek at what it's like to illustrate a picture book. Turns out, it's not that easy... (J)

Author and illustrator Paul Beavis shares the behind-the-scenes work (and doubt, angst and inspiration) that goes into making his picture books, like the just-r...


This is one of my Fav. Sesame St. guests ... REM sings with the monsters
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The Children's Bookshop

Dear Children's Bookshop friends,
We are very sad to let you know that John McIntyre, the co-owner of The Children's Bookshop, died on Saturday, June 10, 2017 a...fter a brave fight with chronic illness.
John was at work most days right up until the end and has left us a wonderful legacy which we will carry on in his memory and keep the store open this week.
We will be closed on Friday, June 16th, for John's funeral at Old St Paul's in Wellington.

Radio New Zealand had a wonderful interview with John a couple of weeks ago which you can listen to here:…/john-mcintyre-champion-of-childr…

In lieu of flowers, donations to Kidney Health NZ would be appreciated.

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My brain is officially full. First time appearing at the Dunedin Writers Festival and on top of that my first visit to Dunedin - a wonderful part of New Zealand - I'll be back.

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Next Saturday at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery between 3.00-4.00pm myself, David Elliot (whose most recent book is Snark) and Sarah Laing (Mansfield & Me: A Graphic Memoir), will discuss the tricky and triumphant business of marrying words and pictures. Chaired by Julia Marshall (Publisher, Gecko Press).
It promises to be a fun and informative talk and I for one are hoping to learn a new thing or two. All the details can be found here…

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I will be doing 3 different sessions at the Dunedin Writers Festival this May. Below are the details

Friday 12 May...
Teen Space at Dunedin City Library

Children’s author Kate De Goldi and author-illustrator Paul Beavis (of Mrs Mo’s Monster fame) give hot tips for keen young authors and illustrators, and talk about the tricky-fun business of finding shiny ideas and turning them into cracker stories. They’ll celebrate their favourite entries to the Gecko Press Dunedin Schools Zine Competition, and announce the winners.

The Children's Room Storytime Session
Saturday 13 May
Toitū Otago Settlers Museum
In association with the Children’s Room at the University Book Shop.

Bring your mini-monsters and budding bees to this monsterishly buzzy storytime session with author-illustrator Paul Beavis and Dunedin writer Raymond Huber. The fuzzy blue monster in Paul’s picture books Mrs Mo’s Monster and Hello World! won him the Russell Clark Award for Illustration in 2015, and Raymond’s Flight of the Honey Bee was a finalist in the 2014 NZ Post Book Awards. Don your best monster/bee gear, and come along for some vibrant storytelling, face-painting and crafts (with prizes for Best Dressed Monster and Boldest Bee). Best suited to 6–9-year-olds.…

Saturday 13 May
Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Tickets - $22/$18/$12
Dr Seuss said: “Words and pictures are yin and yang. Married, they produce a progeny more interesting than either parent.” Three author-illustrators, David Elliot (whose most recent book is Snark), Paul Beavis (Mrs Mo’s Monster, Hello World!), and Sarah Laing (Mansfield & Me: A Graphic Memoir), will discuss the tricky and triumphant business of marrying words and pictures. Chaired by Julia Marshall (Publisher, Gecko Press).…

Check out the full programme here

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Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival added 2 new photos.

If you have a creative wee Dunedinite aged 9-12, get them to spill some of their quirky/entertaining/smart oomph onto 8 small pages and enter the Dunedin Schools Zine Competition. Entries close in 3 weeks. See details here...