21 November 2012
win an autographed copy of Andy Griffiths' The 13-Storey TreeHouse
Last weekend, tightly squeezed in between parties, i attended a book signing & presentation by Andy Griffiths - one of Australia's BEST loved & highest selling children's authors - at the National Library of Australia. It was packed with over 300 children clutching stacks of his books, the atmosphere was electric & i was thrilled to be in his presence.
Naturally my son had left his Andy books at school so we purchased some new books (ok, nine new books) & bless Andy, he signed every single one!! Including an extra book i purchased to giveaway on my blog. I told Andy i was doing this (giveaway) & he stopped, looked up & asked if i was a writer, did i run a children's literacy blog - he was so engaging, interested in who i was & what i was doing - i was thoroughly impressed. This man is as energetic & fun as his books.
I hung out with my gal pal author Tania McCartney who had hosted a book awards events the day before with Andy, she said he was fantastic. With the overflowing crowds, Andy started the event an hour early, to autographed books so no one missed out. Truly an author who appreciates his audience!!
I've stolen these images from Tania (thanks) as my images were dark.
Andy gave a fabulous presentation, but truly, he was more interested in questions from the audience & bantering. He made everyone feel special & his brain goes a million miles an hour, he's absolutely hilarious & spilled the beans on his next instalment in the 13-Storey series (it will involve a chocolate fountain!!)
Andy writes like a naughty school boy, it's so entertaining & captures that difficult demographic of fidgety boys who can't sit still. While he was chatting, there were boys reading everywhere - the Library provided seats & cushions - it was brilliantly organised.
After he finished, he went back to signing books, the queue was loooong & the Library staff brought around badges, book marks, balloons & chocolate frogs. My boy continued to read, then bounced a balloon around, made some new friends & back to reading. While at the signing table, Andy chatted away to my son, which books he liked the most, he treated us like we were first in the queue, when we were easily the 200th!! Gosh he must have signed thousands of books.
My son spent the rest of the weekend with his head stuck in Andy's books. He has the 13-Storey & 26-Storey TreeHouse books now, the series will continue to expand. So i thought i'd start someone's collection off with . . .
an autographed copy of Andy Griffiths' 13-Storey TreeHouse
. . . in a blog giveaway.
Just leave a comment here & follow this blog (on the right) for your chance to win. Entries close after midnight Sunday 9th December, just in time for someone's Christmas stocking!! Good luck, random draw & as always + extra entries per mention on your Blog, Twitter, Instagram, FaceBook. Love Posie