Titahi bay author Holly Gooch's book launch a fun affair

Last updated 09:45 04/12/2012
Andrea O'Neil
PANCAKE PARTY: Theo Gannon, 5, flings a pikelet at a target under the supervision of children’s author Holly Gooch at her fun-filled book launch on November 22.

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Pikelets flew wildly through the air at Pataka recently as Titahi Bay children's author Holly Gooch launched her new book in style.

A range of activities kept about two dozen children entertained, from a pikelet-throwing event to recipe creation, pumpkin- weighing and water slide design.

Each activity reflected a story in Gooch's Hometime, her fourth book, which is illustrated by Alice Moore.

It contains short stories both fun and serious, she says.

"They're about the things that kids get up to when they're mucking around home. They're kind of cheeky but they're also quite thought-provoking as well. Bitter- sweet."

Hometime can be purchased for $12 from Holly Gooch's website, www.hollygooch.wordpress.com.

Gooch also recently launched a website full of free activities for kids: www.stargazersandtrail blazers.com.

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