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Purple poison plants for kids new paperback book by Joyce Berendes
Prolific North Queensland writer Joyce Berendes has just released her first children’s book Nulla and the Purple Poison Plant. This paperback is beautifully illustrated by Christine Young and based on one of Berendes‘ musical plays.
By: Donna Munro
Will Susan, Johnny and Nulla be brave enough to enter ‘Mad Dody’s’ cave? Will Nullagundi – helped by the good spirits of Mount Badoran hiding in the stalagmites and stalactites – find the courage to do what needs doing to destroy this evil caveman, rescue the missing men and bring back peace to the ancient land?
Will Nulla …? Will he …?
Based on a Musical Play for children called Nullagundi, which Joyce Berendes wrote for her then Children’s Operetta Group some years ago, Nulla and the Purple Poison Plant is a fantasy story set in the early 1900s, somewhere in Australia’s bush country in the horse-and-buggy days.
Former Actress, Dancer and Playwright Joyce Berendes, came to Australia as a skilled and seasoned performer. While living in Brisbane she started a Children’s Operetta Group, based on the one she worked for in Holland. She has written several one act plays for children and wrote the book and lyrics for two children’s musicals.
Joyce Berendes is also the author of three adult novels. Her first novel The Fourteenth Day was nominated for the Sisters in Crime, Davitt Crime Writers’ award, while the publishers’ first print of her second novel And then came the Rain – a thriller/love story set in Karumba at the Gulf of Carpentaria – sold out within four weeks of the book’s launch in 2008. Her third novel Matters of Choice was released in 2009. All three novels were published by Zeus Publications. She is currently working on her fourth novel.
Artist, illustrator and graphic designer for many years, Christine Young has worked on several books for tertiary education and a series of books for Australian Children’s Songs by Surprise Gold Books. As an artist Christine works in acrylic and watercolour, although a graphic designer experienced with the electronic media for illustrating, she prefers to illustrate her books with the authentic medias of paintbrush, paint and paper. Christine continues her career as a graphic designer and as an artist currently working on commissioned paintings.
Nulla and the Purple Poison Plant by Joyce Berendes. Illustrated by Christine Young. ISBN: 978-1-921731-
If you would like to interview the author or require a review copy of the book please contact Donna or Shelley (07) 55 755 141 or marketing@zeus-
This delightful book can be purchased at: http://www.zeus-
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