Best-selling children’s musician and author Deano Yipadee, aka Dean O’Brien, is returning to Timaru for the release of his new book, Stink-o-saurus
Mr O’Brien, from Mosgiel, Otago, has been living in the United Kingdom for 15 years and is returning home to release three children’s books.
In 2013, his debut album, Yes, I Can! Club, hit the top spot in United Kingdom children’s charts and was followed by an invitation to perform at the Glastonbury Music Festival alongside The Rolling Stones, magician Dynamo, and other stars.
In addition to several subsequent chart-topping albums, he also created an album featuring many UK TV stars for charity.
His first book, Jingle Bells, Rudolph Smells went to No1 in the best sellers charts in New Zealand for Christmas in 2016 and is taken from a song on his Christmas album that went to No1 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 this year. All are illustrated by 2014 winner of the prestigious Russell Clarke New Zealand Illustrator of the Year, Paul Beavis. In the last few weeks, Mr O’Brien has had two books in the top 10 in Collins Booksellers Australia Best Sellers List.
Mr O’Brien started Mr Yipadee after losing his job in 2012. He decided to follow his heart and create products that inspire children to “laugh, love and believe in themselves”.
He is on a three-month tour of New Zealand schools and libraries, and will perform five local shows early in November, at Barton Rural School, Glenavy School, Bluestone School, and St Joseph’s School, Temuka.
“I love coming to Timaru. The response from the local parents and children is always awesome. This time I’m doing a special kindergarten show and some in the local primary schools as well.”