Author Archives: Diane Tulloch

About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.

“Perfect Picture Book” Friday

  THE BOY AND THE BEAR Written by:   Tracey Corderoy Illustrated by:  Sarah Massini  Published by:    2017 Nosey Crow Ltd UK Ages:    2 – 5 years Theme:   Unlikely friendship, Loneliness, Loyalty Opening Lines:   Once upon a time, there lived a … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” Friday

STAR IN THE JAR Written by:   Sam Hay Illustrated by:  Sarah Massini  Published by:    Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (September 4, 2018) Ages:    3 – 6 years Theme:   Friendship, Team-work. Opening Lines:   My little broher likes looking for treasure. Tickly treasure… Synopsis:   When … Continue reading

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12 Days of Christmas – SUCCESSES!

Children’s author Julie Hedlund (founder of 12×12 online Writing Challenge) challenged participants of her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series to post SUCCESSES on our blogs of this past year. This is in the hope that we can build … Continue reading

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THE 9TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY CONTEST!!!

Once again at this time of year there is a Christmas treat on Susanna’s blog. A buzz of writing fever and excitement.   Writing a Christmas story of only 250 words (the title not included).  The rest of the requirements are … Continue reading

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SUSANNA’S HALLOWEENSIE CONTEST FOR CHILDREN’S WRITERS.

          Hi everyone, it’s that time of year when pumpkins lit smiling toothy grins, hot potions are stirring in black pots over smouldering fires and spiders are dancing across their webs scaring children passing by and … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” Friday

ARCHIE THE ARTY SLOTH Written and Illustrated by:  Heath McKenzie  Published by:    Little Hare; First edition (1 May 2019) Ages:    4 – 7 years Theme:   acceptance, believing in oneself, art. Opening Lines:  Archie was bored.  This happened surprisingly often, given … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” Friday

TIGER WALK Written by:  Dianne Hofmeyr  Illustrated by:  Jesse Hodgson  Published by:    Otter-Barry Books  UK 2018 and in USA 2019 Ages:    4- 8 years Theme:   Art, Fear. Animals, reassurance Opening Lines:  At the art gallery, Tom watches the tiger.  And … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” Friday

THE BLUE PEBBLE Written by:  Anne-Gaelle Balpe  and Translated by Kathryn Bishop  Illustrated by:  Eve Tharlet  Published by:    This edition published in 2011 by Michael Neugebauer Publishing Ltd Hong Kong.  Amazon has it published in May 2019. Ages:    5 – … Continue reading

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“PERFECT PICTURE BOOK” FRIDAY

Just the Right Size Written by:  Bonnie Grubman  Illustrated by:  Suzanne Diederen  Published by:    Clavis Publishing Inc, New York 2018 Ages:    3 – 6 years Theme:   Big and Small, Being huggable. Opening Lines:  Did you know… that a ladybug is … Continue reading

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A FATHER’S LOVE: Nine Different Openings

  Most countries follow the United States tradition and celebrate Father’s Day on the 3rd Sunday in June, however New Zealand and Australia celebrate Father’s Day on the 1st Sunday in September. …   So what better time than now to … Continue reading

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