On the road to Dampier for more of Rio Tinto’s Groundbreakers Exhibition – 50 years in the Pilbara! Brought along my special sneakers hand painted by Samantha Hughes. She managed to paint 18 books of mine on the sides, back and front. As you can imagine, the kids love them!

Shoes by Samantha Hughes.

Shoes by Samantha Hughes.

Nearby is the Murujuga National Park, which has the oldest collection of rock art on the planet –  perhaps 35,000-40,000 years old.  What better way to spot some of the 7,000 recorded art (so far), but with world expert Ken Mulvaney. Yep, that’s a thylacine all the way in West Australia!

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We looked for the 4m olive python that supposedly “hangs” out  – no luck. But we were lucky not meet any death adders and mulga snakes who live here too.

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Shared my new Indian tale by Chitra Soundar, Pattan’s Pumpkin, with the children of Karratha. Jan Nicholls couldn’t have described the book better in her recent Children’s Book Council WA post on Facebook– Jack and the Beanstalk meets Noah’s Ark.






Next stop: Paraburdoo

Pattan’s Pumpkin– vine ripened, ready for harvest this September with Otter Barry Books UK and Walker Books Australia. In the USA, Candlewick Press September 2017.46bfec_f5268c0aea994555b1e2c98fc517784b~mv2

Pattan’s Pumpkin is an exciting,vibrantly illustrated Flood Story from India, written by Chitra Soundar, an Indian-born British writer, based in London.


Pattan has an amazing pumpkin…it grows BIGGER than the goats, BIGGER than the elephants, until it is as TALL as the mountains. But can Pattan’s pumpkin save his family and all the animals when the storm-clouds burst and the waters rise?


Otter-Barry Books is a new children’s imprint aiming to make a difference, push boundaries and publish books that children will love.

For more information on getting a copy of Pattan’s Pumpkin, click on the country: AustraliaUK. Please check back for the USA in September 2017.