Tavi Gevinson – ROOKIE DAY

Tavi is a young girl like us who wanted to live her dream and do what she likes best! Since Tavi was 11 she has been blogging in her bedroom on fashion. When she was that age she never pictured her life like this, famous, people wanting her autograph and being their idol. Tavi has a wonderful individual and inspiring fashion sense.

Tavi is still a young girl like us who has to go to school! Her normal day is like this:

  • School
  • If nothing is urgent she hangs out with friends
  • If something is urgent or doesn’t want to hang out she goes home to blog for a few hours
  • Homework for about 3 hours
  • Go to bed

Now you know how she does it all but she doesn’t find this work she finds this fun. Tavi finds if she has lots of work she has less times to worry about things.

Tavi always keeps things new, fun and exiting when she is talking to us on Rookie and her amazing life. Her presentations were interesting. She added in jokes on the topic and made a power point presentation which was very artistic. I heard Tavi talk the night before Rookie Day. I knew more about her but she didn’t talk on anything she had already said the night before. I learnt a lot from her like how to handle a bad hair day just think I don’t have to look at it, if it helps Beyoncé. That’s what Tavi does.

Rookie Day was awesome we listened to all the girls speak then we made a mind map of things we like best with pictures from magazines. All my pictures were from Frankie magazines. My mind map was mainly based on yummy biscuits. This is because I was hungry. I left my lunch at home in all the excitement of leaving for Rookie day. But it wore off quick because we were about to start dancing in the dark.

When Tavi signed my Year Book she used my Gold pen, this pen shall now be called the “Special Pen”.

Tavi Gevinson is the  most wonderous, groovy and inspiring blogger I have ever met! I love the idea of Rookie, and the way she has put it up online. After Tavi I was inspired to blog more.


The Winter Kids Festival at the Substation

Kids Winter Festival

The Winter Kids Festival had lots of entertaining things on. It was awesome I went 3 days in a row. I saw some great shows The Curious Game, The Magical Circus and The Listies (you can read my reviews below). There were readings at the bookshop, drawing competition and loads more things happening. I also enjoyed Mitchell’s magic tricks before the shows started. It was well organised and the Substation was a cool location for the festival. I hope there is a Spring Kids Festival for the next school holidays.

Thanks Mitchell for your magic tricks

The Listies

Rich me and Matt

Tayger’s List of The Listies

  • Hysterical
  • Rude
  • Disgusting
  • Cool
  • Gross
  • Whacky
  • Hysterical
  • Awesome
  • Silly
  • Funny
  • Weird
  • Hysterical
  • Must see The Listies again!

This is a SENSATIONAL, side splitting funny show for all ages. It was very noisy because the entire audience was laughing.  The Listies, Richard and Matt are a great comedy duo. Rich is very serious and Matt is very very silly. They taught us about interesting/boring animals, rude words, secrets about nanas, facts about icicle chickens and how to make “the Ultimate Sandwidj.” I have seen the List Operators before and I have not tired of their silliness. 10/10

The Curious Game

Who likes games? Well there was an interactive show at the The Substation part of The Winter Kids Festival in Melbourne called The Curious Game. It is performed by a local theatre group called Born in a Taxi.

The Pawn, the Queen and the Knight

The costumes were whacky and amazing, just like the performance. There were 3 performers, a bossy Queen, a silly Knight and a devious Pawn. The stage was set up with a throne. They lay down a large chess board mat and invited audience members to come and play. The Queen tells  you to do some funny things and if you do it wrong you’re out. The winner got to sit on the throne. There was not much talking but we did have to make lots of different sounds. I learned early on that you had to bow to the Queen, otherwise you were pulled out of the audience and smacked, all in good fun. I laughed alot!

As part of the festival there were other activities as well – drawing competition, art gallery, bookshop, story telling and more.

The Queen and me

The Curious Game was a really really good show! I loved it so much I asked dad if I could go again and we did! I recommend The Curious Game for 5+.

little big shots

I went to the launch of Melbourne’s International Film Festival for kids, Little Big Shots. It was great fun. The MCs were very funny and we got to see the awards being handed out.

I saw:

A Mouse for Sale – cartoon that was very funny.

I Am A Green Tree Frog – claymation done by a primary school. The song is very catchy. I can still hear it singing in my head.

Play Lunch – This was my favourite one. This was about friendship and kindness.

The Vaccum Kid – This was a documentary about a boy that collects vacuum cleaners. I thought it was weird that a boy would collect vacuum cleaners.

I loved Little Big Shots last year and again this year. It is a great international film festival for kids, well actually all ages. Little Big Shots gets a 10/10! For Sydney dates click here.

Story Starter

I went to the Story Starter workshop which was part of the Melbourne Writers Festival. Gabrielle Wang is an author who writes novels for kids. In the workshop we wrote beginnings to stories using Gabrielle’s topics. Gabrielle taught us different techniques for story writing. Gabrielle showed us how the use of imagination can help story writing. We closed our eyes and imagined we were at the beach. She asked questions like What can we see, hear, smell and feel? Gabrielle explained how memories can weave into stories. She explained how a childhood adventure with her sister is part of one of her novels. Then we started to write.

Gabrielle and me

Here is what I wrote….


Finally I got to the beach. I was tired because I ran away from home. I couldn’t see Lily my friend dolphin. My feet twitched like something was wrong. Had something happened to Lily? I don’t know. I went to the shoreline and could see something moving. I thought it might be Lily. I moved closer to see what it was….


My first steps into the witches mansion. In my mind I had a fuzzy feeling like a witch will come out of no where. I heard footsteps. Quickly I hide. I asked myself is she there. A voice says “No.” What just happened?

Gabrielle also taught us how to draw. Not only does Gabrielle write novels but is also a beautiful illustrator. We learned how to draw Peng (pronounced Pong) which is a mythological Chinese creature.

After such an inspiring workshop I wrote a poem about Peng. Here it is.

PENG by Tayger Checkley

Peng he’s a creature never seen before.

He’s like a fish,

He’s like a fire breathing tiger.

Have you seen him before?

Well, no!

Peng is a creature you need to know.

What does he look like look?

See below.

Peng by Tayger

I had a great day. From writing stories to drawing Peng. This workshop was inspiring and awesome. Thank you MWF, Artplay and Gabrielle for teaching us.

Little Big Shots – Kids Film Festival

I went to Little Big Shots, which is a film festival for kids by ACMI and Artplay. Some of the movies were from different countries and some movies were made by children. I chose to go to Package 3. In this package we saw Ormie, Naked Mole Gets Dressed, Toot Toot, Air Bear, Witches Love and The Gruffalo.

My all time favourites were Ormie and Air Bear.

Ormie – Ormie was a funny little pig who wanted to get his trotters on a jar of  delicious choc chip biscuits. Ormie tried lots of funny ways to get the biscuits. In the end he got the biscuits. But did he get to eat one? You will have to see the movie to find out. The whole cinema was laughing.

Naked Mole Gets Dressed – this was about one mole who liked getting dressed. The other moles got angry with him because he liked to get dressed. Naked moles were meant to be naked. This movie OK.

The Gruffalo – this movie followed the book very closely. This was one of my favourite books when I was little. The animation was fantastic.

Air Bear – this was about something made from old things. A man got lots of plastic bags and made a bear. When air was blowing in the bear, the bear stood up. People stopped to look at Air Bear. I have seen this before on ABC Kids TV.

I highly recommend this film festival. The organisers chose great movies. I will definitely go to this film festival next year.

The film festival is moving around Australia. To view national dates click here.