Item: Signed Copy of ‘Bubble Gum Trouble’
Book Information: There’s a lot to laugh about in Bubble Gum Trouble… Yucky stuff of everyday life, like smelly socks and mouldy drink mugs, and funny stuff, like cats tangled up in toilet paper and underpants! There are ordinary things that Helen makes comical, like making breakfast and rainy days inside. Bubble Gum Trouble is a great little book of fun poetry for kids of all ages, which has been brought to life with Dee Texidor’s bright, bubbly illustrations.
Brief Bio: I was born in Melbourne, Australia (nee Helen McKenzie) and have always loved drawing, arts and crafts; winning my first drawing competition in grade 6 for designing a sausage sizzle poster. But my love of writing began with a gorilla named Lulu. As part of a drama assignment, I had to perform a piece about a gorilla. So I penned my first poem called, ‘Lulu the Gorgeous Gorilla. Little did I know that a poet was soon to be born.
In March 2006 I published my first book, Ten Yellow Bananas and followed up with my second book, Santa is in the Chimney in September of that year.
Also, during my years as a primary teacher my primary school students used to refer to me as ‘Miss Helen’, so I developed the ‘Miss Helen Books’ brand name. Both of the above published books bear the original logo ‘Miss Helen Books’.
First prize (Children’s poetry category) in the 1993 OZ waves Award and University of Queensland Press Book Prizes for my humorous poem, Magpie Mania. Yes, I know that is a long time ago now, but haven’t submitted many poems since then.
10 Yellow Bananas Published December 2009
Bubble Gum Trouble and Other Giggle Poems was released early 2009