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Mr Yipadee Is Coming to Town! International Best-selling author!


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International Best-selling children’s musician and author, Mr (Deano) Yipadee, aka Dean O’Brien is coming to Victoria Point Library on the April 12 for the Scholastic book release of Stink-o-saurus at Victoria Point Library. Deano said, “I’m thrilled to be coming home again. It’s so much fun traveling the length of New Zealand and seeing tens of thousands of kids and parents having so much fun”

In 2013, his debut album, ‘Yes, I Can! Club’, hit the top spot in UK Children’s Charts and was followed by an invite to perform at the world famous Glastonbury Music Festival alongside The Rollings Stones, magician Dynamo, and many more stars. In addition to several subsequent chart-topping albums, he also created an album full of UK TV stars for charity.

O’Brien, from Mosgiel, Otago, has been living in the UK for 15 years and is returning home to release three children’s books with publishing house Scholastic. The first book, Jingle Bells, Rudolph Smells went to number one in the best sellers charts in New Zealand for Christmas in 2016 and is taken from a song off his Christmas album that went to Number One in the iTunes Best Sellers Chart in December 2015. His second book, Nee Naw The Little Fire Engine spent almost three months at the top of the NZ Best Sellers Charts in 2017! All are illustrated by 2014 Winner of the prestigious Russell Clarke NZ Illustrator of the Year, Paul Beavis.

In 2015, after being emotionally moved by horrific photos of Syrian refugee children washed up on beaches in France, O’Brien called on a network of celebrity friends, including Coronation Street’s Tina O’Brien and fellow New Zealander Wonky Donkey’s Craig Smith, to pull together a star-studded album to raise money for the refugee families. Within two weeks, a full album was released digitally called ‘Sing-Along For Syria.’

Deano started Mr Yipadee after losing his “very stressful” job in 2012 and decided to follow his heart and create products that inspire children to “laugh, love and believe in themselves”.

Mr Yipadee is on a three month tour of New Zealand, and is coming to Victoria Point on the 12th April to perform at Victoria Point Library

Video: https://youtu.be/-SH-sxLu8Xg

Free Event. Ages: 6+ years (siblings welcome), No bookings required

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