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National Library Mural

Details from the National Library mural, "Te wehenga o Rangi rāua ko Papa", by Te Whānau-ā-Apanui artist Cliff Whiting.

Don't you know, there's no such thing as a Gruffalo

Julia Donaldson / Axel Scheffler: Monkey PuzzleLast Sunday the whole fandambily headed off to the Blake Theatre here in Monmouth to join around 500 others to be entertained by Julia Donaldson whilst she read and sang stories from her brilliant kids books. If you know nothing of her work and have children aged between oooh, 1 and 6-7 then you really are in for a treat, especially those that are illustrated by Axel Scheffler (A Squash and a Squeeze, The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and many more ...).

Julia Donaldson / Axel Scheffler: The Snail and the WhaleIt wasn't just her, she had her hubbie playing the guitar and acting out the parts and her sister shifting kids around on stage and making sure all the pieces were in the right place.

It was oodles of fun and

Julia Donaldson / Axel Scheffler: The GruffaloWhilst I should'nt have (as I was told during the show) I managed to take a bunch of photo's and even a wee bit of video - photo's to be uploaded sometime soonish.

AND, the best bit for those that live in Aotearoa - Mum/Nanna queued to get a few of Jack/Meg's books signed and Julia (firstname basis already) said she was heading to NZ in February 2007. Watch that space parents!

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