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Librarian, Bee Trudgeon’s view of Cassidy Abbot’s Book

This is a lovely review by Porirua librarian Bee Trudgeon:

Dinah Priestley and Cassidy Abbot with The Wicked Plum Tree

The newest published author out of Whitby is a teenager named Cassidy Abbot who is no stranger to Porirua Library. He has engaged in writing and story time initiatives with the library since he was little, and can now find his name on the library’s catalogue alongside his grandmother’s, author/artist/actor/historian Dinah Priestley, thanks to a picture book they have created together. The Wicked Plum Tree is dedicated (in part) to ‘those who love trees’, and tells the story of a naughty one. Although the book is threaded through with fantasy, it is partially based on fact.

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FGSSMAD Part 1 – Peacocks and Pink Gin

For God’s Sake Saddle Me A Donkey

Listen to the audio here on Radio New Zealand: Part 1 – Peacocks and Pink Gin

Glad so many of you liked For God’s Sake Saddle me a Donkey. I’m currently working on the book illustrated with my cartoons. I’ll let you know when it comes out.

This episode  recalls how our small group of travelling New Zealanders came to stay with the Maharaja of Bharatpur.

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Twelve year old Cassidy’s Book

My grandson Cassidy has written this book called The Wicked Plum Tree.  It’s a rollicking story about Colonel Frogmorton’s quest to discipline a barren plum tree. Fortunately,  a magical young gardener arrives to save the day. I loved  it so much I  had to illustrate it for him.

Colonel Frogmorton
Colonel Frogmorton

You can buy it now for $20.00  from Anchorage Press. Call 044727257 or email me at dinah.priestley@gmail.com