Dean O'Brien

Dean O'Brien

Queensland

Speaker type

  • Author
  • Storyteller / Performer

Deano Yipadee (Mr Yipadee) rocketed onto the Australian scene with the release of his debut book JBRS.  It quickly sold out of two print runs before Christmas and shot straight to the Number One spot on the Best Sellers Childrens Book Charts in NZ.  It was the 5th best selling children’s book in 2016 for the entire year, even though it was out for only the last three months!  The hit song accompanying the book originated from his Christmas album that climbed to Number One in the UK album charts in 2015, beating out Disney’s Now That’s What I Call Disney and Cbeebies The Album.

Deano brings years of professional experience with him. He's worked with writers from Bob The Builder, Thomas The Tank Engine, headlined the famous ‘Kidz Field’ at the Glastonbury Music Festival in the UK, and worked with international TV stars. Having spent the last few years touring with some of the presenters from CBeebies TV Channel,  Mr Yipadee topped the best sellers charts in the UK on numerous occasions and also worked alongside some of the biggest names in the industry. He recently completed a second tour with Best Selling Children's Author and Wonky Donkey creator Craig Smith. During his 'Happy I’m Me’ Tour, Deano performed in front of more than 60,000 children in schools and festivals across Aussie and New Zealand. With performances on prime time for both TV1 and TV3, Deano’s second book, Nee Naw The Little Fire Engine, landed at the top of the best sellers list since its launch in the first week of February 2017. His third book Stink-o-saurus is due out in October, 2017.

A compelling, energetic, world class performer, Deano presents his highly interactive shows and presentations at festivals, libraries, schools, early learning centres, day care facilities, special schools, business groups, public events and literary festivals including Voices on the Coast. His mission and purpose is inspiring children to Laugh, Love, and Believe in themselves and he does this through fun music, hilarious best selling books, chart topping apps, and high energy performances and workshops.

Deano currently resides on the sunny Sunshine Coast with his two little girls and wife.

SHOW

Deano offers a unique opportunity to engage and captivate the full school aged from preschool up until age 10, in a high energy hilarious live stage show.  His performances include interactive props and instruments for some of the kids to join the performance.  There is singing, dancing, musical comedy and of course a chance for the children to laugh, read, and sing along to Deano’s best selling books and songs.  Nee Naw The Little Fire Engine (Scholastic) tells the tale of acceptance and love for yourself—inspiring kids to be happy ‘just the way they are.’  The show is suitable for full school performances or can be broken down into classes or year groups.  

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CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP

Deano also offers a fun creative writing workshop where, working together with groups of approximately 25 children, they produce a fun story in just 30 minutes.  Using the suggestions of the kids, they create a rough draft of a story and also (in a surprise twist) show the kids how they have also written a song!  It’s very fast-paced, very silly, and highly engaging and entertaining for the kids.  The workshops prove fully interactive, and the story is created by their suggestions.  We cover many of the fundamental elements of creative writing and turning it into a published book including:

  • The ‘purpose’ behind a story
  • Finding inspiration
  • Creative mindset
  • Getting started
  • Rough draft 
  • On-going development/expansion
  • Testing your work/asking for help
  • Editorial
  • Putting words to music. 

This can also be linked to your existing creative writing curriculum requirements should you have special requirements. 

Yipadee App

Testimonials

  • Mr Yipadee's show was fantastic and both the kids and adults were fully engaged the whole time. It was fun and full of uplifting messages for everyone! The parents had so many positive comments and were all asking if Mr Yipadee was coming back. The concentration from children so young was quite amazing, everyone was laughing, smiling and joining in with the whole show. It was so motivational for the parents and children that everyone went away encouraged and happy. As a performer he used his natural ability to such a high standard and for the good of encouraging everyone to be better people in the community and see themselves in a positive way. Highly recommended!!!!!!!

    Logan Central Library - August, 2017

    Logan Central Library - August, 2017
    Dean O'Brien
  • Mr. Yipadee really enabled the parents to engage with the show and their children. It was just so incredible to see the effect Mr. Yipadee’s outgoing, humorous and engaging persona had. Dean had many activities that the children and parents participated in, one of which they all “drove” in a line around the entire junior area singing with plastic plates as their steering wheels (this is including the parents!). He performed many songs but our favourite was a twist on “Twinkle, twinkle, little star”. This song sparked so much interest within the audience as it was so motivational and up-lifting. It's one of the best events I have ever been involved in at the library.

    Marsden Library - August, 2017

    Marsden Library - August, 2017
    Dean O'Brien
  • Thank you so much for coming yesterday! It was such great fun for the students, also the teachers and even the parents were amazed by the show and your performance. We have your book Nee Naw in the Book Fair and now the most popular books being demanded.

    Wisdom College - June, 2017

    Wisdom College - June, 2017
    Dean O'Brien
  • Thank-you Mr Yipadee for one of the best shows we've experienced here at Nambour Special School! Being a special school, our students have extremely diverse preferences and abilities. This makes it very difficult to maintain their interest as a group. We had over 100 students attend Deano's ‘Happy I’m Me’ show and the students were engaged and excited for the whole show. This is amazing (and rarely achieved)! The students were laughing, signing, playing instruments and moving throughout the whole show. His use of props were fantastic, the pacing was great and the music very catchy. Mr Yipadee was flexible and planned the show based on our needs. All comments and feedback from the staff were positive, with some staff saying it was the best show they had seen here ever. We will definitely be having Deano back again. Thanks Mr Yipadee!!”

    Nambour Special School - April, 2017

    Nambour Special School - April, 2017
    Dean O'Brien
  • Such an amazing show that is in a league of its own and includes a wonderful message for the children. Every single child in our Goodstart Centre was totally engaged and loved joining in the show. They were completely captivated from start to finish.

    I'm excited to have Mr Yipadee back at centres in my region, the books are brilliant and children are loving the CDs


    Goodstart - Area 130

    Goodstart - Area 130
    Dean O'Brien

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