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The Meet…Don Bradman Book Launch Wrap-up

Posted on April 7, 2016

A large crowd of young cricketing fans gathered in the MCC Library at the mighty MCG on a classic rainy Melbourne’s day, being the perfect backdrop for the official launch of the new children’s picture book, Meet…Don Bradman.

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Channel Nine’s Livinia Nixon warmly welcomed everyone, giving a brief history of Don’s sporting achievements and his relationship to this great stadium; where he scored more Test centuries than anywhere else in the world.
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I donned a Baggy Green and gave everyone a first look at Meet…Don Bradman, with a cricket stump and golf ball in hand (you’ve got to read the story to know why).

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The children had a sporting time creating their own ‘paper’ cricket balls, ‘balloon’ Baggy Greens and cricket bats.

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And as we sat, surrounded by such amazing cricket history, everyone cheered as Meet…Don Bradman scored a six and was officially launched.

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Meet…Don Bradman is available in stores from 18 April 2016.

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Meet…Don Bradman Official Book Launch

Posted on April 2, 2016

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Join us this Wednesday in the MCC Library at the MCG @ 10:30am for the official launch of Meet…Don Bradman. Meet author Coral Vass and Channel 9’s Livinia Nixon, with a reading, book signings, balloons, kids activities and more…

Meet…Don Bradman to be released April 2016

Posted on December 29, 2015

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I’m very excited to announce my new book, Meet…Don Bradman, will be available in stores from April 2016. A part of the Random House Meet Series about the extraordinary men and women who have shaped Australia’s history, Meet…Don Bradman is a children’s picture book about cricket’s greatest ever batsman, Sir Donald Bradman. Meet…Don Bradman is the story of how he first came to play for Australia, and how his record-breaking feats in the Ashes series became a source of pride and hope during the hard years of the Great Depression.

For more info- http://www.randomhouse.com.au/books/coral-vass/meet-donald-bradman-9781925324891.aspx

The Hairy Maclary & Friends Waterfront Sculpture Project

Posted on October 1, 2015

On a recent trip to New Zealand, I was thrilled to visit the new Hairy Maclary & Friends Waterfront Sculpture Project in Tauranga.  The Sculpture Park is a tribute to local Tauranga resident of over 20 years and author to the world renowned Hairy Maclary series, Lynley Dodd.
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The project is a “storybook scene” of permanent bronze sculptures of Hairy Maclary and some of his friends – Scarface Claw, Slinky Malinki, Hercules Morse, Muffin McLay, Bottomley Potts, Schnitzel von Krumm, Bitzer Maloney and Zachary Quack.

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It was a joy to watch as children recognised the characters, called them each by name (as a beloved family pet), touched, hugged and climbed them with delight.
Against a stunning waterfront setting and adjacent to the children’s playground, the larger-than-life public art truly brings the loved children’s book characters to life and leaves a legacy for generations to come.

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If you are a Lynley Dodd fan (like me), Tauranga Waterfront NZ is a must see!

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Launch Day Wrap Up

Posted on September 12, 2015

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Our Two Birds took flight today, as illustrator, Heidi Cooper Smith and I celebrated the national launch of our latest children’s picture book- Two Birds on a Wire, in Melbourne and Brisbane.

Celebrated author illustrator Nicky Johnston officiated the Melbourne launch, while award winning author Aleesah Darlison ran the proceedings in Brisbane with Heidi.

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Fun was had by all with readings, craft, signing and goodie bags galore.

Heidi whipped out her pencils, showing some sketches and finished illustrations from the book, while I had two very special helpers (Little Bird Black and Little Bird Blue) tell the story with me in Melbourne.

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Feathers went flying and balloons were soaring as Two Birds On A Wire officially left the nest.

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             Aleesah Darlison with Heidi Cooper Smith at the Brisbane launch

Two Birds on a Wire – Book Launch

Posted on September 3, 2015

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Come along and join Little Bird Black and Little Bird Blue for the Melbourne book launch of Two Birds on a Wire at Farrells Bookshop- 143 Main St Mornington on Saturday 12th September at 11:30am. There’ll be a reading, signings, fun activities, balloons, goodie bags and more……