Cristy Burne


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Yeee ha! I’m jumping aboard Russ the Story Bus this year. Hope you can too!

I’m thilled to announce that I’ll be part of this year’s super-fun Russ the Story Bus lineup of children’s book creators…

This will be the second time I have toured regional New South Wales with an enormous automobile for company.

My first vehicular love was the Shell Questacon Science Circus semitrailer

…but perhaps this incredible bus can bust that record!

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Stupedenous artwork by Sophie Beer, image by Prudence Upton

Part-library, part-artwork, part-stage and departing this week, Russ the Story Bus will tour schools in Greater Western Sydney, North Coast Regional and the ACT right through till mid-December.

Also touring with Russ, just to hold his metaphorical hand, if not steer his literal wheels, are Sophie Beer, who created the amazing artwork that adorns Russ’ sides, and a bunch of other fabulous children’s book authors and illustrators that make me swoon and wish I could stowaway for the whole tour:

Nicki Greenberg, Sandy Fussell, Jeremy Lachlan, Rebecca McRitchie, Martine Murray, Yvette Poshoglian and Damon Young….

And me!

We’ll be bringing stories, adventures, excitement, creativity and fun…and a whole bus-load of fabulous storybooks and children’s novels.

I’ll be touring for just one week of this epic journey – from November 26 to November 30 – and I can’t wait!

There’s more information on booking a visit for your school here. But you’ll have to be quick. This is Russ’ fifth year of touring, so if you miss out in 2018, try again for 2019.

And if you’ve been lucky enough to snag a booking—HAVE A BALL!

I hope to see you bus-side very soon!

 


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Children’s Book Week 2013…”Now I know how to kill monsters”

Children’s Book Week is nearly over for 2013…I’m having a ball, visiting schools and libraries almost every day this month! Phew!

It makes it so much fun when the kids I’m talking to have such great imaginations, and the libraries they visit are so amazingly decorated, and their teachers play along with my jokes  (thanks!)…YAY!

And, check out the lovely fan mail: “Now I know how to kill monsters”

….and isn’t that what reading is all about!

Three cheers for Children’s Book Week!


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A Monster House: by Zac R from Room 13

…I’ve just come back from three days of workshops in Geraldton, where I met lots of terrific and talented people, including Zac R, a budding writer from Room 13. He worked very hard over two days to finish Chapter 1 of his story, and I promised to put it on the web for all to see. 

So, here it is: A MONSTER HOUSE, by Zac R from Room 13.

A MONSTER HOUSE: Intro/synopsis

The monster I’m going to talk about is the Monster House. I hope you enjoy!

The Monster House eats anything that goes or is near the house. The Monster House is afraid of fire, smells like a zombie, looks like an ugly house and sounds like a zombie dying.

A MONSTER HOUSE: CHAPTER 1.

One day a kid named Zac R went for a walk at night and saw a weird-looking house. Zac felt relaxed. Then, the house turned into a monster house and Zac felt scared. Zac started to run from China to Perth.

Zac was soooo scared that he said: “Awww, I’m going to get eaten alive!”

So, Zac carried dynamite.

Zac lit the dynamite on fire and threw it as hard as he could. The house blew up into many pieces.

The house turned into a zombie house and tried to kill Zac with a diamond pick axe. But Zac took his flare gun and blasted the zombie’s roof off, because the roof is the house’s main power source. So, Zac was now safe and went back home to go to sleep.

The next morning, Zac went to the place where he killed the zombie house and he saw graders, dump trucks and bobcats cleaning the place up. So Zac met a friend named Bob who was at the place, cleaning up the broken house pieces. Then, after that, Zac and Bob went to the playground and saw the Filth Licker. The brought the Filth Licker home and the Filth Licker started to clean up the house.

Then, the Filth Licker got hungry, so Zac and Bob gave the Filth Licker a name and talking cockroaches to eat, and the Filth Licker’s name was William. So William went around to other people’s houses to clean them. And they lived happily ever after.

THE END.

That is the end of my monster house story. I hope you enjoyed it.

By Zac R, Room 13.

….Way to go Zac! I did enjoy it! Thanks so much for sharing: now lots of other people enjoy your story too…

It was great to meet everyone in Geraldton…thanks for your fabulous stories!

Cristy