Friday, 27 June 2014

Happy birthday to my favourite super hero

I love all kinds of fast things — like race cars, rockets, and my new running shoes. But my favourite fastest “thing” is SUPERMAN, the best super hero in the world.

Everyone knows my friends call me "Superman" because I run so fast. But did you know that it’s Superman’s birthday on Monday? That’s right! And I plan to CELEBRATE by watching Superman movies with my Dad, reading Superman comics with my sister, Amelia, and enjoying one of my Mom’s homemade cup cakes — blue and red, of course.

In fact, I might not even get out of my Superman pajamas ALL day. It’s not like I have to be up for school the next day. <grin>

As you can guess, I’m pretty excited about my SUPER celebration plan.

Who is your favourite super hero? Will you do anything special on June 30 in honour of the fastest man on the planet? Let me know!

Gotta jet!

— Chase Superman Duffy

Friday, 20 June 2014

Summer, haikus, and a new book for you!

Guess what? Tomorrow is the FIRST DAY OF SUMMER!

It’s one of my favourite seasons. Know why? Because so many awesome things happen in the summer. Like, family ice cream trips after the Saturday Farmer’s Market. The end of the school year. My BIRTHDAY! And So. Much. More.

I love summer and this year is going to be one of the best ever! I’m spending a whole week at the Calgary Stampede with Grandpa and some of my friends in the Alberta Canola Producers’ Commission booth. Stop by to check out my adventure comic books, including the newest story, 5-7-5 Errand Boy.

I don’t want to give too much away, but the title is definitely inspired by the story. It’s about my birthday, and how no one remembers it…

Instead, my Mom asks me to run a whole bunch of errands for her (ugh), and her instructions are written in the form of a haiku. You know what that is, right?

Well, it’s a type of poem made up of three lines. The first line has five syllables. The second has seven. And the third has five. So, the book is called 5-7-5 Errand Boy. Get it? Ta da!

Here’s an example — the first haiku from the book:

At the flower shop
Pick dark blue roses and more -
Gram’s royal beauties

Curious to know what happens next? Email me at for a chance to WIN a free copy.

And don’t forget to stop by the Alberta Canola Producers Commission booth at the Calgary Stampede this year. There are some exciting events planned you won’t want to miss!

Gotta jet!

— Chase Superman Duffy

Friday, 13 June 2014

Gone Fishing!

This year, I’m going to really surprise my Dad and Grandpa for Father’s Day.

Tomorrow, my Mom is taking me to get a fishing license and on Sunday morning, Dad, Grandpa and I are going fishing! It will be the first time we’ve all fished together and I couldn't be more excited.

I’ve been digging through mom’s garden soil for worms (you wouldn’t believe how many of those slimy things are in a shovel’s worth of good soil!) and I already have a big jar of them, perfect for trout fishing. My Mom dug out the rods from the garage and I’ve checked we have enough fishing line and hooks. I’m even going to pack a few snacks.

Later, Mom and Grandma are making a special Father’s Day dinner. Dad said he didn’t want presents — he just wanted some quality family time. This is perfect!

Er-r-r, except for one tiny issue. We have to start REALLY early because Grandpa has a full day of chores on the farm. Looks like I’ll be taking an afternoon nap!

Gotta jet! Have a GREAT Father’s Day.

— Chase Superman Duffy

Friday, 6 June 2014

Uh oh, it's magic!

To celebrate National Magic Day, my Language Arts teacher Mrs. Kratky asked us to write a short essay on our favourite magician or illusionist. I chose Harry Houdini.

Back in the day, Houdini’s grand illusions and daring spectacular escape acts made him one of the most famous magicians of all time. Like many other magicians, he often took life-threatening chances to keep audiences enthralled. I watched a few of his tricks on YouTube and they gave me chills!

Most of the “trick” behind Houdini’s illusions are still a mystery — and they should be, in my opinion. Some of them are MUCH too dangerous. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some other tricks you can learn. My neighbor is a magician (he even has a rabbit named ABRACADABRA) and he says there are hundreds of easy magic tricks for kids that you can find on Google, YouTube, in books at the library, and even at the toy store.

I don’t know about you, but after reading about Houdini, I’m kind of inspired to learn a little magic myself!

Gotta…disappear! (Just kidding…I think that trick is WAY too advanced for me…) Have a great weekend.

— Chase Superman Duffy