In their recent interview, Author Jann Weeratunga had the pleasure of chatting to Crew Mate Look and asking him a few questions.
Q. So who was your favourite Pirate in the book?
A. Captain Book, because he was chased by Ali-the-gator.
Q. What was your favourite chapter of the book?
A. The first one, because its where Polly had the idea and Captain Hake was so surprised.
So there we are, just some snippets from our interview, more to follow…
Bedtime stories at grandma’s house somewhere in Johannesburg.
Crew mate Belle gets to stay with grandma O once a week, both look forwards to this special time. Apparently her first question when she arrives at her house is,
“Where’s my book please?”
Polly the parrot’s adventures with the pirates have been waiting a whole week! And yes girls like pirate stories too. So after supper and a shower they settle down to read Polly’s Piralympics. Crew mate Belle is six and learning to read so grandma O has to help her out with the hard words, but they finish each evening with a bedtime story until crew mate Belle finally can fight off sleep no longer.
Grandma O told the author that she has been forbidden to read on and must wait for ‘their time together,’ to read the story. So until next week Polly and her pirate friends have to stay tucked up tight in her book, until Polly comes to life once more.
Polly the parrot has her first fan
Polly’s Piralympics was recently read in just two days by her first fan – Crew Mate Look, an 8 year old young man living in Johannesburg South Africa
Asked about the book he said in his Kindle review,
“I like this book because of its detail and I like Polly’s idea because the pirates have lots of fun.”
I was so taken by this I managed to track him down and chatted to him about what he liked about the book.
More about the interview to follow…
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How I started writing about Polly and the pirates.
I was inspired by the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Paralympic Games. In his closing speech, Sir Phillip Craven told of how a young boy was reading with his mother. In the book he saw a man with an eye patch, a hook for a hand, a parrot on his shoulder and a wooden leg. When asked who it was, he said: “Well he has only one leg, so he must be an Olympian.” Such was the strength of the London 2012 Paralympics that it changed peoples’ perceptions of disability forever.
It also changed my perceptions forever too and what I wanted to say to young people.
The speech made me both laugh and cry and gave me the inspiration for this series of books about the adventures of Polly the parrot and her pirates as they compete for GOLD in their own Paralympics – the Piralympics.
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Polly ‘s Piralympics is finally in print. Available on kindle and in paperback format.