Local author Audrey Moore is launching her second Children’s Book ‘Ping and Po-Li Rainforest Rescue’ on Saturday 18 May at 2pm in Woodbine Bookshop, Kilcullen, with face painting and plenty of other activities on the day!
Ping and Po-Li Rainforest Rescue is illustrated by the award-winning Kim Sponaugle, who has illustrated more than eighty children’s books. Audrey’s first book Ping and Po-Li was first published 2015 and was such a success she decided to carry on the series.
Audrey’s books have an underlying educational story for children. Her first publication Ping and Po-Li focused on healthy eating with a varied diet and her new book tells the story of a little Loris who is hiding from hunters and teaches children to help vulnerable people and animals and to stand up for them.
All the animals featured in both books are endangered and finish with a ‘Did You Know’ section at the end for older readers to learn all about the animals. Audrey has been very busy over the last few years promoting her first book, reading to children in primary schools and libraries across the county.
Audrey works in a law firm part time in Naas and lives in the country just outside Kilcullen with her husband, Ray, children, Jessica, Elinor and Jamie, dog Sam.
Speaking to KildareNow ahead of the book launch this weekend, Audrey said: “I am really excited about the local launch in Woodbine Bookshop on Saturday, I launched in the Kildare Town Library on 12 April and it went really well. I was so happy with the turnout and the children had a ball. I am hoping to get the same support in Kilcullen.”
Audrey explained that she was inspired by her own children to write the ‘Ping and Po-Li’ series. “About seven years ago, my second daughter Elinor was only about two years old and I got into a bad habit of rubbing her little hand when she was going to sleep, so I would have to stay with her. It could take hours some nights, it was very frustrating at times, but one night I started to randomly think about pandas and why they only eat bamboo, and the story popped into my head. I started to type the story on my laptop and with that, three more stories evolved.”
Next on the agenda, Audrey is currently working on two more stories, one book for ages 8-12 and one book for toddlers.
“My nine-year-old has thought of a brilliant idea for a children's book so I am really excited to see her story come to life!” added Audrey.
‘Ping and Po-Li Rainforest Rescue’ will be launched by Margaret Scott, best selling author of The Fallout and Between Me and You in Woodbine Bookshop in Kilcullen on Saturday 18 May at 2pm. There will be complimentary face painting, colouring pages of the book, refreshments and goodies at the launch, with a free raffle ticket for every book purchased and a chance to get your photograph taken with the Panda Mascot.
‘Ping and Po-Li Rainforest Rescue’ can be purchased from Woodbine Bookshop, Barker and Jones in Naas, and Farrell & Nephew in Newbridge, or order direct from Audrey’s website www.audreymoorebooks.com for €8.50