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Wild & Wacky Adventurers, Book 1

TWO Adventurous Stories in one…

The wildest and toughest adventurers in this world – and the next – have failed to find and capture the Abominable Snowman. Famed adventurer, Tasman Wallaroo (known as Tazzie) enters the scene, saying she will ‘crush that cruel creep to crumbs!’ Training hard until she is as trim and taut as Superwoman after a super make-over, she and her team of 28 shaggy-haired Siberian Cha-Wow-Wows depart the Point of No Return.

Will Tazzie and her doggies overcome blizzards and sub-zero weather? Will they survive falling into a crevasse? And thousands of ice mites? And frenzied ice mice? Will they overcome frostbite? And starvation? What happens when Tazzie uncovers an igloo? Is this the home of the Abominable Snowman? And how and why is love somehow on the cards?


The world’s most famous volcanologist Kylie O’Riley is asked by Hilda to recover her husband, Rudy, who has fallen into an active volcano, along with her precious ring and picnic basket. Kylie, who is fearless, brave, and extremely gifted, promises to recover Hilda’s treasures. Off she heads to where the mighty Watta-Wopping Volcano is located. There she finds a dragon. Luckily, she can speak Dragonese and is able to persuade it to fly her to Cracka-Cracka Boom-Boom, home of the Gidgee Guy tribe. However, the chief’s son, Tumby, fancies Kylie for dinner.

Will she escape his cooking pot? What about the dangerous exploding Boom-Boom HaHa volcano? Does she find and recover Hilda’s missing husband? What about the precious ring and picnic basket? What antique gift does she receive?

To find out the answers to these and other enthralling questions, read these great books!


ISBN 9781922332943 (PB, 64pp);
125mm x 203mm
AUD $16 USD $10 NZD $17 GBP £9 EUR €10
ISBN 9781922332950 (eBook) AUD $8 USD $5 NZD $9 GBP £5 EUR €6



This first book of the Wild & Wacky Adventurers series contains two uproarious junior fiction stories broken up into fast-paced chapters. The start of each chapter features a small but side-splitting illustration by Cherie Dignam that perfectly reflects the entertaining essence of the section.

In ‘Tazzie Wallaroo & The Perfect Match’, Tazzie and her team of Cha-Wow-Wow dogs brave the ‘ravenous, repulsive’ Hairybeary, ‘chittering, chattering ice mice monsters’ and a ‘beastly blowhard blizzard’ on their way to capturing the Abominable Snowman – who’s not as mean and smelly as he’s been made out to be.

In ‘Kylie O’Riley & The Watta-Wopping Volcano’, volcanologist Kylie must find an old dude called Rudy who has fallen into a caldera. She hypnotises a gnarly dragon, avoids being a cannibal’s chow and speeds across no man’s land (‘it was a good thing she was a girl’) to the base of Watta-Wopping Volcano, but is she skilled enough to save the singed but still very much alive Rudy?

Dianne Bates and Bill Condon offer up two tasty servings of silliness in bite-size form. Kids aged six to nine will quickly eat up the eccentricity and exploits, and be eager for the next chortle-worthy course. Each story has a rich filling – thanks to themes of courage, acceptance, tenacity and resilience – but there are puns a-plenty to keep the text light and fluffy.

Ideal for reluctant readers, Wild & Wacky Adventurers makes reading scrumptiously fun. Youngsters will be so caught up in the action that they won’t realise they’ve gobbled up the whole book until they see the two saddest words in English literature: ‘The End’.

Dannielle Viera, Buzzwords

Bill Condon & Dianne Bates

Bill Condon has written more than one hundred books for children and young adults, as well as numerous plays and poems. His titles have been shortlisted four times in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards, and in 2010 he won the Prime Minister’s Award for young adult literature. He lives on the south coast of NSW with his wife, Di.

Author of 130+ books, mostly for young people, Australian Dianne (Di) Bates is a full-time freelance writer. Di has worked as a newspaper and magazine editor and manuscript assessor. She is a recipient of The Lady Cutler Award for distinguished services to children’s Literature.

Bill and Di have written other stories in the Explorers’ series, including Captain Offensnotty and the Giddi Giddi Zombies, Major Hootensnooten and the Year 2500, Oscar Bubblesquirt and the Pharoah’s Curse, and several others.


Cherie Dignam

Cherie Dignam has always loved drawing… and nature, and all animals, especially CATs. An aspiring picture book illustrator currently working on her own projects, she hopes to self publish this in the near future. “When I am not working to keep my pet cat, Boris supplied with endless tins of tuna, I create from my home a short walk from the beach in sunny Perth, Western Australia.” I use a variety of mediums, including coloured pencils and watercolour, but I am at my happiest with a good old-fashioned dip pen and ink. I love wonky lines and I don’t really like drawing cars or anything too technical. My desk is usually covered in paper, ink splotches, water, empty tea cups, pencil shavings and biscuit crumbs.



Di's page on Australian Children's Poetry

Di's interview with Creative Kids Tales

Di on Buzz Words Magazine

Bill on Australian Children's Poetry

Cherie's website


Cherie on The Style File



Chapter One: Tazzie and the Legends!

Famed adventurer Tasman Wallaroo (known as Tazzie) sat proudly in her usual seat in the front row of the Intrepid and Incredible Explorer’s Club. Gathered around her were other amazing legends. Like her, they were Masters of Mayhem! Doers of Dashing Daredevil Deeds! They didn’t know what fear was – some of them couldn’t even spell it!

Just check out a handful of their nail-gnashing exploits:

Big Benny Biggalow had lived with a pack of lions for a year, just for fun. Eventually, the lions all ran away: they were scared of him!

Helga-Belle Chewlacky had won the Nobel Prize for Amazingness by being the first woman to swim up Niagara Falls! Jasper Kaspareeni had climbed Mount Everest while sleepwalking!

Professor Curly-Jane Brane had all her fingers and toes bitten off by a school of sharks. Still underwater, she used a needle and thread to sew them back on again -- while frightening the sharks away with her killer stare.

And finally – Pablo Diablo Junior! The very same Pablo who rode a pogo stick across the burning sands of the Sahara Desert for 20 days while carrying a sick camel on his back!

They were the wildest and toughest adventurers that this world – and the next – had ever known.

So why were they all crying?

As Tazzie handed out tissues and patted the legends on their backs, they poured out their tortured tales.

Each had journeyed far south of the South Pole to the wilderness known as the Winge-and-cry Windy Wastelands, home of the ferocious Abominable Snowman.

‘We were going to catch him and cash in on the ten-million-dollar reward,’ said Big Benny. ‘But we didn’t have a chance against him . . . We (sob, sob) ran away!’

‘Anyone would have done the same.’ Helga-Belle trembled at the memory. ‘The Snowman was so creepy that my hair turned white – and it was a wig! He had sticking out eyes and a hairy tongue!’

Jasper rolled his sticking-out eyes. ‘Are you by any chance confusing the Snowman with me?’

‘Oh, so I am,’ Helga-Belle said after a closer look at Jasper. ‘But the Snowman was even creepier looking than you!’

‘The worst thing about him was his poisonous pong!’ added Professor Curly Jane.

‘Indeed!’ Pablo went to hold his nose, but then remembered it wasn’t there. ‘With just one whiff of his fatal fumes, my nose fell off!’

‘So did mine,’ said Big Benny. ‘Luckily, I had some glue in my bag, so I was able to stick it back.’

‘But it’s on your chin,’ Tazzie said.

‘I never worry about little details,’ Big Benny said. ‘I was only glad to escape with my life!’

With that he again broke down in tears. And so did the others.

Tazzie felt a sudden rush of anger. Her friends were in a massive mire of misery. And it was all that Snowman’s fault!

Leaping onto a table, she roared: ‘Blast my britches!’

That got everyone’s attention quick smart.

‘I’ll capture that rascally Snowman!’ Tazzie promised. ‘And I’ll do it for each and every one of you!’

‘No, no, it’s far too dangerous,’ warned Helga-Belle. ‘More majorly menacing than anything you could ever imagine!’

‘You’ll have nightmares!’ cried Jasper.

‘Let’s not forget frightmares!’ said Professor Curly-Jane.

Pablo and Big Benny both fell to their knees and begged Tazzie.


But Tazzie had made up her mind, and no power on earth could change it!

‘Don’t worry about me,’ she assured her friends. ‘Worry about that dastardly Snowman! I’ll crush that cruel creep to crumbs!’

Despite their fears, the legends all let rip with a rousing cheer.

‘Go, Tazzie!’ they chanted. ‘Go, Tazzie!’

Tazzie was anxious to snare the Snowman as soon as yesterday. But first she had to prepare for the freezing frost-bitey conditions that awaited her.

Wearing only a blue-striped bikini, she lived for two months at minus 100 degrees in a supermarket freezer.

‘Cool!’ she replied, when asked how it was.

Next, Tazzie moved into the Super Supreme Fitness Gym where she trained 24 hours a day (sometimes 25!) She lifted weights up to a tonne, while running backwards on the treadmill. And she went so hard and fast on the rowing machine that it collapsed from exhaustion! Soon every inch of her body had rippling muscles – even her ears, which she used to carry really heavy bags.

Finally, when she’d finished her training, Tazzie’s six packs had become twelve packs. She was as trim and taut as Superwoman after a super makeover.

‘Watch out, Snowman!’ she roared. ‘Here I come, ready or not!’