The fifth book in the Stroogle series takes the popular hero to a fairytale world of castles, dragons and adventure.
Sparky, the Golden Dragon is the adorable new character with a major sneezing problem:
The dragon replied, “I am friends with the bees, but pollen from flowers keeps making me sneeze!”
“I burn half the forest with every AAACHOO!
Oh what in the world am I going to do?
After running into a mischievous leprechaun who promises to help them, The Stroogle, the dragon and two comical bumble bees embark on a quest to find three missing ingredients for a medicine to cure the sneeze. Their journey takes them to the top of a wild windy mountain and into a mysterious moonlit castle where secrets await them!
In the tradition of the previous Stroogle adventure, there are plenty of things to locate in the watercolour illustrations once you have read the story: These include a puzzle to solve, hidden images from famous fairytales and just for luck, there are 100 four leaf clovers to find!
About the Author
Cameron was born in Hobart in 1977. He attended school in Adelaide before his family moved to Bundaberg, QLD. In primary school, Cameron wrote many short stories for the local newspaper (after his poor spelling was corrected by his mother). He still has a shoe box of gold certificates for his efforts. In high school Cameron discovered (with his first pair of glasses) that he had a passion for art. Cameron stresses the word passion rather than the word talent here, as hard work and reasonable vision go a long way!
After academic scholarships and seven straight years of Art College in Brisbane, Cameron took his new Dr title and went to live in London for a much needed gap year. Over-qualified as a 24 year old, he stumbled into a job at the Natural History Museum. It was here that he rekindled his love for children's literature and began writing stories inspired by the animals in the museum.
When Cameron returned to Australia, he completed a graduate diploma in education and released the first instalment in his The Stroogle series of picture books. Eight years later, the sixth book in the series was published and followed on from three additional how-to-draw books. In 2012 The Stroogle series won a silver medal in the PICA print awards and Cameron received an RADF grant to create the first book in his new Pie Rat series. The Pie Rat series have gone on to win a number of books awards internationally.