LIANZA Awards Wellington

Well, we didn't win, but the judges had high praise for Link's work. Well deserved. 


Wellington bound for LIANZA Awards night

Link and I are putting on the glad rags for the LIANZA awards night held at the famous Caffe L'Affare in Wellington on August 5. Link is a finalist for the Russell Clark medal – the award judged by librarians for the best illustrations for a children's picture book in 2012. 

It's a testament to the man's skill, and a great reward for all his hard work on The Dragon Hunters. He now has the illustrations completed for the second book in the series – The Dragon Tamers – and if it's at all possible, I think they are possibly even better. Watch this space for sneak previews over the coming weeks. 

And best of luck, Link, for August 5!


The Dragon Hunters makes LIANZA award finalists

I always knew I had a brilliant illustrator!

The Dragon Hunters was today announced as one of the finalists in the The Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) Awards, which recognise excellence in junior and young adult fiction, illustration, non-fiction and te reo Maori.

On the Herald website today: Convenor of judges and manager of Gisborne district libraries Pene Walsh said librarians had a unique insight into selecting the right books for young people.

"Librarians, parents and booksellers can confidently give any one of the finalists selection to a child knowing without a doubt it is going to be a terrific read," she said.

The book is up for the LIANZA Illustration Award - Russell Clark Award. 

Here's the gear on the awards:’s-book-awards-finalists

And here's the Herald story:

And here's the LIANZA facebook page:

Congrats Link!


Great letter from The Cubbyhouse Early Childhood Centre


Grow Mama

The coolest Mummy's blog in town - GrowMama - is enjoying the book. Check it out here