Friday 8 July 2022


WILD & WACKY ADVENTURERS, BOOK 1 by Dianne Bates & Bill Condon, illustrated by Cheryl Dignam (IP Kidz)

Now out, this book, written by a husband-and-wife team, features two adventurous stories in one…

TAZZIE WALLAROO & THE PERFECT MATCH                                                      The wildest and toughest adventurers in this world – and the next – have failed to find and capture the Abominable Snowman. Famed adventurer, Tasman Wallaroo (known as Tazzie) enters the scene, saying she will ‘crush that cruel creep to crumbs!’ Training hard until she is as trim and taut as Superwoman after a super make-over, she and her team of 28 shaggy-haired Siberian Cha-Wow-Wows depart the Point of No Return.

Will Tazzie and her doggies overcome blizzards and sub-zero weather? Will they survive falling into a crevasse? And thousands of ice mites? And frenzied ice mice? Will they overcome frostbite? And starvation? What happens when Tazzie uncovers an igloo? Is this the home of the Abominable Snowman? And how and why is love somehow on the cards?

KYLIE O’RILEY AND THE WATTA-WOPPING VOLCANO                                                                                                    The world’s most famous volcanologist Kylie O’Riley is asked by Hilda to recover her husband, Rudy, who has fallen into an active volcano, along with her precious ring and picnic basket. Kylie, who is fearless, brave, and extremely gifted, promises to recover Hilda’s treasures. Off she heads to where the mighty Watta-Wopping Volcano is located. There she finds a dragon. Luckily, she can speak Dragonese and is able to persuade it to fly her to Cracka-Cracka Boom-Boom, home of the Gidgee Guy tribe. However, the chief’s son, Tumby, fancies Kylie for dinner.

Will she escape his cooking pot? What about the dangerous exploding Boom-Boom HaHa volcano? Does she find and recover Hilda’s missing husband? What about the precious ring and picnic basket? What antique gift does she receive?

ABOUT THE AUTHORS                                                                Bill Condon has written more than one hundred books for children and young adults, as well as numerous plays and poems. His titles have been shortlisted four times in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards, and in 2010 he won the Prime Minister’s Award for young adult literature. He lives on the south coast of NSW with his wife, Di.

Author of 130+ books, mostly for young people, Australian Dianne (Di) Bates is a full-time freelance writer. Di has worked as a newspaper and magazine editor and manuscript assessor. She is a recipient of The Lady Cutler Award for distinguished services to children’s Literature.

Bill and Di have written other stories in the Explorers’ series, including Captain Offensnotty and the Giddi Giddi Zombies, Major Hootensnooten and the Year 2500, Oscar Bubblesquirt and the Pharaoh's Curse, and several others.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR                                                                                                                                                      Cherie Dignam has always loved drawing… and nature, and all animals, especially CATs. An aspiring picture book illustrator currently working on her own projects, she hopes to self-publish this soon. “When I am not working to keep my pet cat, Boris supplied with endless tins of tuna, I create from my home a short walk from the beach in sunny Perth, Western Australia.” I use a variety of mediums, including coloured pencils and watercolour, but I am at my happiest with a good old-fashioned dip pen and ink. I love wonky lines and I don’t really like drawing cars or anything too technical. My desk is usually covered in paper, ink splotches, water, empty teacups, pencil shavings and biscuit crumbs.

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