On a warm spring day in a bookshop in the Brisbane inner city suburb of Paddington a crowd had gathered (some weird and all wonderful) to celebrate the launch of one little book – Snap Magic, by Angela Sunde.
There were prizes and surprises...
And spooky food on the baddies table.
People felt safe in the knowledge they were among friends.
Even the cupcakes were not as spooky as they looked.
While a spider decorated my hat.
Then it was storytelling time.
Stories about wands and magic, some 650 years old.
Some in the audience thought this was funny...
But they soon changed their minds
when everyone pulled out their wands and sparks began to fly.
Posture when casting a wand is of the utmost importance.
The wand is an extension of your arm...
And you must pull a scary face like this.
Yes, that's pretty scary. But no smiling!
I left the jellies in Mrs Swan's fridge overnight
and now her false teeth are missing.
(She likes to chill them.)
Perhaps they're in one of the jellies.
Three spooky characters. One dressed up as Lily!
The official Snap Magic launch cake – a macaron tower,
courtesy of our sponsors Passiontree Velvet.
Two whacky witches arrived from New Zealand to surprise me.
We've been casting spells together since high school.
Dad's hairy face also got mixed up in the jellies.
All that spooky food and dangerous wand action still didn't put off some readers.
And they could make a Ghoulie Lantern or colour in.
Pop a bookmark in.
I couldn't understand why not many drank the pumpkin juice;
it tasted like orange.
After all, you needed the energy for some pumpkin bowling.
The first victim / I mean... participant arrives.
Thank you Black Cat Books
for hosting the Brisbane
Snap Magic launch.
And thank you sincerely to all who came along or sent well wishes.