Booklovers caught in author's spell

Last updated 05:00 03/12/2012
Storyteller Tanya Batt works on creating a new illustrated story with an enthralled Sean Barker, 6, and friends at Puke Ariki on Sunday.
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COMBINED EFFORT: Storyteller Tanya Batt works on creating a new illustrated story with an enthralled Sean Barker, 6, and friends at Puke Ariki on Sunday.

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Self-confessed story-o-phile Tanya Batt wove her magic for a bunch of children gathered around her at Puke Ariki yesterday.

The Waiheke Island author believes in actively encouraging her audience's participation.

And the children were more than happy to take part in developing a story with the colourful Batt.

The author of My Dad's a Dragon Catcher and Catching Fish was in New Plymouth as part of the Catch a Story Tour book launch.

Batt has authored a collection of books and audio stories, all of which weave the ordinary with the fabulous. Her aim is to foster a natural delight in children and develop their curiosity for the world.

"Stories remind us that there is an unaccountable amount of mystery and magic in this world," Batt says.

And so there was.

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