The Great Dragon Egg Hunt

We were trying to figure out the best way to launch the book when Sheila Sinclair from the Dorothy Butler Children's Bookshop in Ponsonby offered to host an author signing and launch in her store on November 17 which was really exciting. But meanwhile our heads had come up with a Dragon Egg Hunt - children searching the tops of Auckland's volcanic cones for a giant sparkling egg - when Smith and Caughey offered to be the place where children bring their eggs to collect a copy of the book. So that's what's happening - on Sunday, November 18 at 10am the hunt will begin - with ten eggs stashed on each of three cones - North Head, One Tree Hill and Mangere Mountain. Check back here on that morning for clues as to how to find yourself one!

Thanks to Ted Baghurst for his wonderful photography. 


It has arrived...

It's an exciting thing seeing your book for the first time - it's slightly surreal that all that hard work you did has manifested itself in this lovely, solid, slightly glowing thing in your hand. But, here it is, in all its hard copy glory (long live real books!). It's fellows will be arriving soon, then it's off to the stores and the bedrooms of kiwi kids all over the land...


Feathered friend


We were just getting ready for school/work, and the boys were inspecting my bike for signs that it might break on my way into the city, when we hear a loud fluttering, and we turn to see this guy. He had us in stitches as he jumped, one by one, down the stairs, then stood there. All four of us looked at each other like some sort of Western film - no one moving, no one saying anything much - before we decided he must be hungry, so we fed him a slice of bread. 

Duck - we don't know where you came from, and we haven't seen you since - but nice to share the early morning with you. 


Dragon Fever

No sooner had we decided to go ahead and publish The Dragon Hunters, when our friends arrive with this fancy tool for managing the tricky end of fierce dragons. Thanks to the O'Sullivans!


Work in progress



This is the work in progress from Link Choi, the illustrator of The Dragon Brothers trilogy. It's the tense moment when the boys finally reach the dragon's cave near the top of the mountain. It's the 'what are we going to do now?' moment. 

Link has a great understanding of the different journeys of the boys and the dog as they go on this adventure. They all experience it in different ways. Flynn, being the eldest, is frightened and anxious much of the time, where Paddy is too young to realise the danger they are in. Of course the dog thinks everything is great fun, including being chased by a fire breathing dragon. 

It's great to see an artist at work, and the interpretation of your words come to life in the mind of the artist. Link also has the gift of leaving much to the imagination of the reader too - we don't see the face of the parents, yet we feel their love and concern. The love in the boys' home is there to see in the way they sleep so soundly in their beds at the end of the book. 

It's going to be a great journey. Good to have Link on board. 

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