Chil­dren’s book a gas

DRAGON STORY TO STRIKE A CHORD WITH KIDS

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FERGUS the Fart­ing Dragon is the lat­est chil­dren’s book by Bal­divis au­thor Monique Mul­li­gan.

Il­lus­trated by Veron­ica Rooke of Warn­bro, the story de­liv­ers the mes­sage that be­ing different is ‘hip’.

Fergus is different to other dragons. But when peo­ple make fun of him, he has an ear-split­ting, eye­wa­ter­ing, toe-curl­ing, stinkmak­ing re­sponse – he farts.

When a cheeky knight in a fire-proof suit steals a pre­cious dragon egg, the other dragons are at a loss and it is left to Fergus to get the egg back.

Ms Mul­li­gan said it took her years to be com­fort­able say­ing that F-word.

“But two boys soon got me over that and I re­alised two things: one, that kids love sto­ries and jokes with the word fart in them; two, so do grown men,” she said.

“That was when Fergus was the Fart­ing born.”

Mul­li­gan es­pe­cially had fun with rhyme in the story.

The book is avail­able in se­lected book shops and on­line, in­clud­ing from Seren­ity Press in Waikiki. Visit www.seren­i­ty­press.org. Dragon

Pic­ture: Neil Mul­li­gan

Monique Mul­li­gan and Veron­ica Rooke.

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