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Pookie the roo hits the big time

One of the authors Sheryl attended the 2012 Bologna Children’s Book Fair with her friends Sherry and Lynda.
One of the authors Sheryl attended the 2012 Bologna Children’s Book Fair with her friends Sherry and Lynda.

LOCAL authors Deborah Gray, Jennifer Stevens, Sheryl Garrick and Kristina Modrzynski are achieving worldwide success just a year after publishing their first children's book.

The Clermont sisters' book Pookie the Roo and Friends Survive the Floods was showcased at the Bologna Children's Book Fair in Italy in March, which Deborah said was the biggest of its kind in the world.

"It's where publishers from around the world sell the rights to other countries to publish their books in a foreign language," Deborah said.

"Four days, 70 countries represented, 1200 stands and over 6000 people doing business - (it was) an amazing experience."

Currently being sold throughout Australia, New Zealand and America, Deborah said the book, with the help of the bright illustrations, caught the eye of publishers from Germany, Korea and Japan.

"Being Australian authors, we want to let other countries know about our Pookie the Roo," she said.

"People from around the world can identify with Mother Nature.

"Disasters happen everywhere.

"Children can associate their own experiences with our little Aussie animals."

Though Deborah was not able to attend the Bologna Children's Book Fair, her sister Sheryl and two of her friends from America went along.

In addition to the Bologna Children's Book Fair, Pookie the Roo and Friends Survive the Floods has been nominated for a speech pathology award in the lower primary category.

"Each award is based on the book's appeal to children, interactive quality and ability to assist speech pathologists and parents in communication and literacy development," Deborah said.

"We are very excited just to be nominated. We feel a sense of pride, this being our first book."


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