Winning a Chocolate Oscar

September 26th, 2013 ยท No Comments »

Here is my belated report on the Stories on Screen event that was run by the CBCA (NSW Branch) earlier this month.

Each year, students get to create short films based on their favourite children’s books. The best films are shown at a ceremony in Sydney and the winner gets a chocolate Oscar. I loved the Oscars when I was a kid, and I still love chocolate, so winning this competition would have been my dream come true!!

I was fortunate enough to be the Master of Ceremonies for the event, equipped with some fantastic jokes about books, despite the audience’s lack of appreciation for them.

Here was my favourite joke:

What’s this? Wally, Wally, Wally, Wally, Wally, Wally, Wally, Not Wally, Wally, Wally …

It’s an audio book of ‘Where’s Wally’.

The wonderful Jacqueline Harvey was the guest speaker, and she was great. The highlights though were the films shown – they were fantastic! A huge congratulations to all the students who participated, including Jack from Newington College, who took home first prize (well, his mother and brother did because Jack was away on camp. I hope there is still some Oscar left for him when he gets home …) and another huge congratulations to the CBCA (NSW Branch) on such a well organised event.

If you’re interested in being part of this, you can read more about the competition here:

Below is a photo of me being mobbed by students afterwards at the book signing. I think they were after more excellent book jokes.


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