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.

Memories – plus the WINNER of a wonderful giveaway!

 In a time of nervous concern, panic buying, and stun wonder at how such a serious virus as the Coronavirus could be happening with closures of festivals, concerts, schools, travel flights etc…  Doesn’t the world feel like a small place … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” Friday

The Snow Wombat Written by:  Susannah Chambers Illustrated by:  Mark Jackson Published by:    Allen & Unwin (October 1, 2016) Ages:    3 – 6 years Theme:   snow, adventure Opening Lines:   Snow on the stockman’s hut.  Snow on the crows. Snow on … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” Friday

Imagine That     – a Hoot & Olive Story Written and Illustrated by:   Jonathan D. Voss Published by:    Henry Holt and Company New York 2019 Ages:    4 – 8 years Theme:   imagination, friendship, keep trying Opening Lines:   Olive had a great … Continue reading

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Hi everyone, I can’t believe it’s a year today since Vivian Kirkfield and I flew to Auckland NZ from Australia after meeting up at the SCBWI Sydney Conference 2019 three days earlier for the first time.  A YEAR TODAY!  Wow!  … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” Friday

Luna and the Moon Rabbit Written and Illustrated by:   Camille Whitcher Published by:    Scribblers; Illustrated edition (August 7, 2018) Ages:    3 years and up. Theme:   friendship, imagination, bedtime Opening Lines:   Luna was sitting with her Grandma gazing up at the … Continue reading

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“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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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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          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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