Introducing Curly from Shirley, The Christchurch Dog

A new publishing venture aims to become a million-dollar miracle for Christchurch, New Zealand. 

'Curly from Shirley, the Christchurch Dog' is a children's book, which will raise funds for the 'Garden City' and help locals to recover from a massive earthquake.

The book is a miracle in itself as it has taken just three weeks from first thoughts to publication.

The project is the brainchild of two children's authors - Jill Marshall from Auckland and Emma Pullar from Christchurch - who have never met and have banded together to write, illustrate and publish in record speed, this lovely new book for children.

The book went on sale on Tuesday 22 March 2011 - exactly one month after the Christchurch earthquake.

All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the New Zealand Red Cross Earthquake Appeal - straight back into the heart of the city.

My Virtual Assistant was proud to be asked to create a website for the book.


You don't know me, but my name is Mel Hooper. I heard about your book Curly from Shirley through Victoria (the illustrator) as I am a teacher at her son's pre-school.

I would just like to say a big thank you to all who helped with this book, and think what you are doing is one of the most beautiful displays of human nature I have ever seen!

I was raised and lived in Christchurch for 25 years, and my parents and younger sister still live down there. They have been devastated by this tragic event, twice.

To see our home ruined and our beautiful city falling to pieces is heartbreaking.

This book has made me cry, not in sadness, but in pure happiness, that all of you would take the time out of your busy lives to do this for my family, friends, and the city I will always call home.

Words can't explain my gratitude, but please share this email with all involved. Passing on my sincere gratitude for the amazing thing you are doing for the people of Christchurch.

On behalf of me, my family, and my friends.....thank you!!!!!

The book is fantastic, and I have purchased one, in hope of sharing it with everyone I know to help get the word out!

Once again thank you to all

Kind regards
Hooper Family, of Kaiapoi


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