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Updated July 2011.

After writing hundreds of poems on many different subjects, I decided to try my hand at putting together some children's rhyming stories. At first, I found it quite difficult to write at such a simplified level, but soon the words flowed and the project became most enjoyable.

I have drawn and painted all the illustrations myself, and created a page or two in some of the books, for colouring-in. Inside the back cover of some of them there is a simple puzzle, and on the back of some is a "farewell" from the subject of the story.

I have had much feedback, all of it positive, telling me that the children really enjoy them.

All the books are A5 size.

Most of the books to be listed here will be children's books. However I have now produced a fishing-related 72-page book of poems called "Tall and Fishy Tales".

Also have completed another similar 72-page book, this time a collection of my poems about animals, called "Ants to Elephants."

There are two colouring books which I can personalise if requested, with a child's photo on the front cover and references to their name throughout. These for the younger children and comprised of simple line drawings to colour in, together with letters of the alphabet.

There is as well a colouring book for slightly older children, with a typical New Zealand theme and some Maori names used where appropriate, plus a little information on the subject.

There is a book about numbers, which could be seen as a learning curve on the subject of arithmetic (or is it called "maths" now?)

From time to time I've read some of my rhyming stories to primary school children in class, with a great response from the audience.

All of these books are 100% my own work, from writing the stories, through drawing and painting the illustrations, then on to setting up in book form on the computer. Finally I print them out using my laser printer.

Anyone who uses home printers will no doubt be aware that they can be costly to run - a wonderful tool which does a great job, but it's not inexpensive by a long shot. Therefore I calculate prices for my books based roughly on the number of pages in each, and while I can't compete with mass production, I've tried to keep prices down as much as possible while mindful of printing costs.

I've been working on illustrating more of my children's poems to turn into individual books but all this takes time and has to be worked in with other things going on as well.

So.........books will be listed as soon as I can do this, and I hope to get the list complete for now, then added to over a period of time.

Thanks for looking.

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OH DE DOINK DE RHYZO
Pages

16

Price NZ$13
Order Number CB15
All about what happens when the Green Man arrives from space. He crashes his space ship on the farm and has some inter-action with the various animals, while making plans to continue his journey.

Age about 6 upwards.
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CORY THE CORPULENT CAT
Pages

24

Price NZ$15
Order Number CB14
This is the story of Cory the corpulent cat.

Now "corpulent" is a big word for little kids, but maybe it will be one they'll learn and remember.

Cory was big and fat and the butt of jokes, to the amusement of his friend Monty the Mouse. Sick and tired of his situation Cory decides to go on a diet and slim down.

Read about Cory and Monty in this two part book. I first produced the story in two parts which were two separate books, but have amalgamated them into one book.

Some illustrations in black and white, some in colour.

For ages about 6 upwards.
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MUGGLE THE MONSTER
Pages

20

Price NZ$14
Order Number CB13
Muggle the Monster lived alone and was sad and mis-understood.

As chance would have it he meets some creatures and makes friends, and this is a life-changing experience for a monster who'd forgotten how to laugh.

Coloured pictures throughout.

About 8 years and upwards.
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LEGEND OF THE GOLD
Pages

12

Price NZ$12
Order Number CB12
Two cowboy gold-seekers set out to find their fortunes in the desert.

They spend a night in the old ghost town and experience something they'll never forget, and also learn a valuable lesson about life and re-assess their priorities.

From about 8 years upwards.

Coloured pictures throughout.

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SPINDLE
Pages

16

Price NZ$13
Order Number CB11
Spindle's a spider who couldn't make a proper web.

The story covers his encounters with various other insects and a couple of cats, and his enquiries about what he should do to make things better.

Eventually he has some lessons with excellent results.

Colour picture on every double page spread.
Ages from about 6 upwards.
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WISHES DO COME TRUE
Pages

16

Price NZ$13
Order Number CB10
A story about a little girl who visits a home where there is a wishing well, a garden gnome and concrete cat.

What happens when she makes a wish............can wishes come true?

Coloured pictures on four pages, and centre spread drawing to colour in.

There is a crossword puzzle inside the back cover and answers inside the front cover.

Age level - from about 6 upwards Standard post + handling = $2
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HARVEY THE HAPPY HONEY BEE
Pages

16

Price NZ$13
Order Number CB9
This is a lively story about Harvey, who is a busy (but forgetful) honey bee.

His concentration is about zero this particular day when he's supposed to be out searching for pollen. He gets distracted by a cat and some insects along the way.

Poor Harvey might be in for a telling off at the end of the day, but hey ..............let the kid read the story.

There is a simple word puzzle inside the back cover and answers inside the front cover.

Age level - from about 6 upwards (with a few harder words thrown in to stretch the vocabulary).

Standard post + handling = $2
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A SILLY LITTLE NUMBER
Pages

12

Price NZ$12
Order Number CB8
A5 booklet using numbers as the subject.

A series of rhymes about the numbers One to Nine, including Nought".

The numbers have opinions about themselves and the other numbers, and how they relate to eachother.

Educational to some degree for the younger children.

Standard post + handling = $2.
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KIWI COLOURING BOOK
Pages

12

Price NZ$12
Order Number CB7
All the pages in this book are colour-in pages. The pictures feature well-known and recognised New Zealand icons, both flora and fauna.

Together with the drawing outline there is information about the subject, and where applicable the Maori name as well.

The wish to colour these pictures may be backed up by some research as to correct colouring, which hopefully will encourage the young artist to find out more about each subject.

Ages about 6 - 10 years, possibly older.

Standard post + handling = $2
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WHAT AM I?
Pages

16

Price NZ$13
Order Number CB6
This book has colour on just about every page, except a black and white page for colouring.

It takes the young reader through possibilities, page by page, of "what I might be", till all is revealed at the end.

The last pages show a big picture of the monarch butterfly, caterpillar and chrysalis, and some information on the Monarch's life cycle.

Inside the back cover is a simple crossword puzzle, and answers from throughout the book are printed on the front inside cover.

Big letters for the young reader. Informative as well.

Standard post + handling = $2.
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PERSONALISED COLOURING BOOK
Pages

12

Price NZ$15
Order Number CB5
There are two different sets of pictures for this colouring book. All the drawings are done by myself.

Letters of the alphabet are on each page, together with the number of the letter in the alphabet.

If you wish to buy a personalised colouring book, just send me a good quality picture of your child, and their name, and I will add the photo to the front cover of the book and replace the word "Personalised" with the child's name.

Let me know which set of pictures is required.

Standard post + handling = $2

The child's name will appear in the book, and I can add a certain amount of special wording if requested.

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ANTS TO ELEPHANTS
Pages

72

Price NZ$25
Order Number Gen.book 2
These rhyming stories about animals are selected from a wealth of poems I've written over the years. (If you wish to check out a few samples, please refer to the "Poetry" section on this website.)

Some of them feature our little dog's antics, and there are those about cats, farm animals, birds etc. Also for good measure I've included my own imaginative short stories about insects (with names) and the Monarch butterfly.

It seemed appropriate to add to the collection one which was written as a children's story - about goldfish.

A few are wistful but most are along humorous lines.

This books is chok-full of poems, colour, sketches and pictures, and will hopefully be an amusing read for anyone interested.

Composed, compiled and laser printed entire by myself.

Standard post + handling = $2.


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TALL AND FISHY TALES
Pages

72

Price NZ$25
Order Number Gen.book 1
I have written hundreds of poems over the last few years. Many of them are about fishing and to do with the sea, so I have selected these and compiled them into one A5 size book. (If you wish to check out a few samples, please refer to the "Poetry" section on this website.)

The text is large enough for most people to read easily. By way of illustration there are quite a few sketches, some photographs, and prints done from my own original paintings.

These pictures are all my own work as are the rhyming stories, of which many are humorous and take advantage of tales of woe told to me by, or about, fishermen.

A light read for the fishing person who has everything else, or indeed anyone who is interested in the sea.

Composed, compiled and printed entire by myself.

Standard post + handling = $2.

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AUNTY MYRTLE
Pages

28

Price NZ$16
Order Number CB4
This tells what happens when stuffy old Aunty Myrtle takes the kids to the zoo, and what the animals think of her outrageous hat.

Then............what happens to it in the end.

There is a word puzzle inside the back cover - answers inside front cover.

For ages about 4 - 7 years.

Standard post + handling = $2
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SLIPPERY SAM THE SNAIL
Pages

12

Price NZ$12
Order Number CB3
A simple rhyming story about a snail. Big letters.

Coloured pictures on most pages. Centre spread page to colour in.

There is a simple puzzle inside back cover.

Age about 4 - 7 years.

Standard post + handling = $2

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BUFFY THE BUMBLE BEE
Pages

8

Price NZ$10
Order Number CB2
This is a simple rhyming story about a bee. Big letters.

One page in full colour and three pages with colour. Picture page to colour in.

Simple puzzle inside back cover.

Age about 4 - 7 years.

Standard post + handling = $2




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KIRBY THE COLOURFUL KITE
Pages

8

Price NZ$10
Order Number CB1
This is a simple rhyming story about a kite. Big letters.

Two pages in full colour. Picture to colour in, on middle page.

Simple puzzle inside back cover.

Age about 4 - 7 years.

Standard post + handling = $2
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