More quignogs

March 1st, 2012

I had so many terrific entries for the quignog competition that it was hard to choose a winner. So today I am going to put up the ones that DIDN’T win, to show you how good they are!

This gorgeously coloured quignog is by Piper Fink

Some of them fall into the older children category, and some into the younger. Most are drawings, but there are a few written entries too. So sit back and enjoy them.

Head of a mandrill, body of a buffalo, tail of a scorpion, claws of a wolf, tongue of a snake and spots of a snow leopard: that's Meesa Albert's recipe for a quignog

Here’s an extract from Annwen Roberts’ description of a quignog:

[Extract only] I imagine the quignog light purple with pink spots, and two wavy, string-like strands on top of his head and large black eyes. They roll back when the quignog is angry. He has four short, stout legs that have four bluntish claws on each foot or paw. His mouth has no teeth inside it and his tongue is a faded pink. He knows a few human words, wander, look and fight are three of them. He makes grunting and squealing noises. He lumbers about and never knows where he’s going! He eats any kind of leaf, even poison ivy. Nothing he eats ever affects him! He’s absent minded sometimes, but he’s extremely polite. He often seems mad as he trips over a lot and seems to be blind.’

And here’s an extract from Georgia Musolino’s entry:

Fierce claws but a rather appealing face from Sarahbell Turvey's quignog

[Extract only] Have you ever seen the eyes of a painting follow your every move? Or perhaps you’ve caught a glimpse of the graceful ballerina in your jewellery box cracking some wild moves like a rockstar at the end of an epic concert? Or maybe, if you’re lucky, you may have even see the sparkling stars wink at you on a peaceful night. If you have, don’t worry, for you’re in the presence of the amazing quignog. Not many people have even heard of this unusual creature, let alone experienced and seen this shape shifter’s mischievous and extremely risky ways. In fact, only a handful of people have actually seen the true form of a quignog.’

This rather terrifying quignog is from Jemimah Perry

I hope you’re beginning to see why it was so hard to pick a winner!

Teegan's colourful quignog is clearly shocked to find itself on display

This quignog from Kati-Rose Tiller is a cross between a ground pig and a badger mole. It is covered in dark dense fur, and its claws and teeth are perfect for digging, maiming and mindless killing. Surprisingly, it is a lot more polite than it looks.

Callum Roberts sent me several pictures including a close-up of the inside of a raspberry, where his quignogs live. But this is my favourite one - a baby quignog with its parts - where the wings sprout from and what its heart looks like. As a quignog grows, its wings turn more bat-shaped, it gets hairier, its spots disappear, its nose grows bigger and its head gets thinner

Megan Kaminsky's quignog has a wild and brutish look. And those double horns are terrifying

Sofia Green's quignog manages to be both mad looking and a bit cuddly at the same time

Josh Albert's quignog is ferociously tough

0 thoughts on “More quignogs

  1. Sofia says:

    They are all really good!

  2. Hannah says:

    Wow those are really good!!!!!!! πŸ™‚

    1. Lian says:

      They are, aren’t they. i was very impressed by the entries. Imagine having to choose between them!

  3. Georgia says:

    hehe thanks for puting an extract from mine up πŸ™‚

    Wow all the other entries are soooooo GOOD!! i loved all the drawings and Annwen Roberts entry!

    Great Job everyone!!!

  4. Maeve says:

    WOW they are awesome, well done to everyone i especially like everyone’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    .____. πŸ™‚

  5. Maddison says:

    Ermmmmm…….. hi! Im new and my first comment was on bald thokes jokes so if you havent read that then you should probably read that first. But, I just read about that bookplate thing. I think that is sooooooo cool! You are really nice to do that! It was my Birthday in feb and it would be awesome if I could get one of those! Have I mentioned that your books are my most favourite books ever???!!!!!
    Please reply!
    You fan forever,

    1. Lian says:

      Happy birthday in February Maddison. How old were you? I’ll email you about the bookplates, never fear. They’ll be winging their way across the Tasman Sea before you know it.

      1. Jordie says:

        I read about the bookplates to. they are sooooooooooooo cool
        I’d love to have one if they aren’t alredy gone!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚

        1. Lian says:

          Hi Jordie, can you check the email you have entered? I tried to email you to ask for your postal address, so I could send the bookplates, and my email bounced back. Maybe you have made a small mistake in it?

          1. Jordie says:

            you could try putting ‘.au’ at the end?

          2. Lian says:


  6. Maddison says:

    I turned thirteen!
    I am now officially a teenager!
    Although I have no intention of ever acting like one!
    My horse Mike turned thirteen as well (I decided that because we dont know his birthday that he will have a birthday on the same day as me) Although he is already a bit stroppy!!

    1. Lian says:

      Happy 13th birthday, Maddison. Just don’t start to behave like your horse! πŸ™‚

  7. Maddison says:

    Not planning on it!
    He is very sweet though! He will come up to you in the paddock and nudge you with his head until you give him attention!

    1. Lian says:

      Sounds like my horse Chief, who died many many years ago. There is something exceptionally nice about horses, isn’t there. Give Mike a hug for me.

  8. Maddison says:

    I will! He will love you forever for that!
    Chief sounds like he was lovely. Im sure he is watching over you.

    1. Lian says:

      Probably. He’ll be looking for something to eat.

  9. Maddison says:

    Haha! That sounds like my old horse George! He, sadly, also passed away but when he was alive we used to sing- “George, george, george of the jungle, watch out for that tree!” And he would prick his ears up at the word tree! Haha πŸ™‚

    1. Lian says:

      *chortle* What a great song. I’m sure Chief would have liked his own song. Something like “Chief Chief Chief, here are some oats oats oats …’

  10. Jordie says:

    you should totally check out my new cursur(I probaly didn’t spell that right)it’s rainbow

    1. Lian says:

      Sounds gorgeous! πŸ™‚

  11. Rachel says:

    Hey, Maddison. I did see you commented on the jokes. I can see you are a HUUGE fan :).
    And yes those are really cool ideas. I wish I could come up with something like that.
    AND…I love what you were saying about your horses! I showed Hannah the comment when Maddison said, “George, george…”etc. and she cracked up laughing! That was funny! πŸ˜€

    1. Lian says:

      I really liked the George, George bit too.

  12. Maddison says:

    I feel so guilty that I haven’t read these earlier!
    I love making people laugh but my friends all seem to be on one big conspiracy never to laugh at my jokes! All i get are withering glances and the occasional ‘shush’!
    George was also very old and I can almost hear him snorting and saying ingignantly, starting to say ‘Back in my day……’ before all the other ponies in horsey heaven turn and shush him!

  13. Emily says:

    I started reading your books a few years ago,
    I absolutely love them!
    I have read most of them over and over again!
    I hope you write more and continue with your career because im sure you have loads of fans and you can count me too!
    Please write more books!
    I love The Keepers it is one of my favorites and i read them a lot when i am bored
    [ most of the time LOL ]

    Please Reply

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Emily, how very very nice to hear from you. I’m so glad that you love the Keepers so much – that’s the sort of thing an author likes to hear. πŸ™‚ I will certainly write more – in fact I’ve just about finished the Hidden series – have you read them yet? I guess it depends on where you are. The first two books, ‘Ice Breaker’ and ‘Sunker’s Deep’, are already out in Australia and New Zealand, but they don’t start in the USA until August. I hope you get the chance to read them, and hope you love them just as much as (if not more than) the adventures of Goldie and her friends. If you do read them, drop back and let me know what you think of them.

      Oh, and if you’d like some free bookplates for your Keepers books, let me know. You can see them here:

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