A little fire engine drew a big crowd at Gore District Library on Thursday.
Best-selling children’s author and performer Dean O’Brien, of Mosgiel, otherwise known as Mr Yipadee, performed at Gore District Library last week.
He was promoting his new book, Nee Naw The Little Fire Engine.
O’Brien got the idea for the book from a friend’s son.
“She said he ran around the house pretending to be a fire engine and I thought I could turn that into a song; little did I know it would turn into a book,” he said.
O’Brien has been writing songs for 14 years and has been performing them for children for about four years.
He started writing books two years ago when fellow children’s performer and author of Wonky Donkey, Craig Smith, told him that some of his songs would make great books.
O’Brien said he loved performing for children.
“I’m the luckiest person because I get to do what I love every day.”
His next book will be released in October.
O’Brien’s most recent book, Jingle Bells Rudolf Smells, hit the best-sellers’ list after he visited schools in Gore, he said.
“I love Gore.
“People in Gore really go to town.”
About 120 children and 45 adults showed up for the performance.
O’Brien said he was delighted with the turnout.
“It was awesome.”
Youth librarian Jenny Paisley said she was also happy with how the show went.
“He got them up and dancing. It was amazing,” Mrs Paisley said.
She was happy to have a space where they could have performances like Mr Yipadee.
“It’s great having a space like this where everything is on wheels and we can move the shelves back.”
Gore Volunteer Fire Brigade even turned up for the event with their fire engine.
They allowed the children to sit in the fire engine and take photos with firefighting equipment.
Mr Yipadee even joined in on the fun dressing up like a firefighter. Senior firefighter Glen Haywood said he was impressed with the way Mr Yipadee promoted fire safety.