We all know that dogs will eat anything. We also know that kids’ tastes generally aren’t so wide-ranging. While ice cream and pizza might be devoured in the blink of an eye, the dreaded ‘green stuff’ (vegetables to the adults) is often pushed to one side of the plate.
Author Pete Carter understands this phenomenon well, as he shows in the adventures of Benji. In delightful duotone illustrations and engaging text, we see how Benji’s willingness to eat anything — from daffodils to brussels sprouts, ice cream to avocados, sandwiches to bones — gradually inspires his child owner to be a little more adventurous at mealtimes. Although dogs and kids do have standards and it seems there’s one thing neither of them will touch!
The perfect book to encourage fussy eaters to try a few more vegetables! Illustrator James Henderson is Pete Carter’s nephew, making this picture book a family affair.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 217 x 160 mm / 9 x 6 Inches | 32 Pages |
Pete Carter is a writer and photographer, and the author of two previous books of poetry. He lives with his wife and two dogs in Wellington, New Zealand. One of his dogs is the muse for Our Dog Benji; the other hopes to star in Pete’s next book.
James Henderson was never far from a pencil or pen as a child, and at school was infamous for his caricatures of teachers. After studying illustration and design at Massey University, James now works as a freelance illustrator for corporate clients. This is his first picture book.
A Dog’s Life “straddles the fine line between offering a subtle message and a sermon and comes out on top” – Click here to view
Educating Young Children
“Our kindy group enjoyed the story and it led to a discussion about the children’s pets and the unusual items they sometimes like to eat”
Aussie Reviews “Children learn a lot from observing what happens around them, and for the small child, that can often be a pet. There is plenty here – particularly for a quiet observer-child – to support learning and living well. Recommended for early school years.” – Click here to view.
Peninsula Kids Magazine “The perfect book to encourage fussy eaters to try more vegetables.” – Click here to view.
Nayu’s Reading Corner “The almost exploding fridge made me laugh-my cat does that with her food bowl after my family feed her, in the vain hope I won’t think she’s been fed”
Pinerolo Newsletter “We know that dogs eat anything – or do they? This smaller format picture book will suit small hands as the affectionate illustrations take readers through a warm relationship.”
Midwest Reviews “Our Dog Benji is the perfect picture book to encourage fussy eaters to try a few more vegetables! Certain to be an enduringly popular addition to family, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections”
Woof Magazine “The perfect book to encourage fussy eaters to try a few more vegetables!”
Buzz Words Books “A delightful hardcover book, Our Dog Benji is an endearing tale that will appeal to children and adults alike – and to lovers of food, dogs and whimsy.”
The Mummy Project
“Part dog story, part food diary, the book Our Dog Benji outlines all of Benji’s culinary adventures … hilarious”
Kids’ Book Review “Herein lies the sneaky genius of this simple tale. While children chortle at Benji’s love of crunchy bugs, their subconscious might begin to open up to the fun of trying new flavours…Henderson’s adorable images of this four-legged optimist are the personification of dogness.”
Myshelf “This is a lovely book to share with any child who might need a bit of encouragement when it comes to eating a wider variety of food … I love the way it shows the sheer fun of being a bit adventurous with your food.”
Jnr Bookworms “The kids really enjoyed this title, they enjoyed telling me all the different things there dog would eat and laughed throughout the book. All agreed that it’s important to try new foods, but didn’t think they would eat all the things that their dogs eat. Such as dog food, Yuck! There was a unanimous choir that celery is not a very liked food.”
NC Teacher Stuff “Our Dog Benji is a unique way to approach the subject of picky eating. I think you can also read this book and talk about gratitude. Benji is appreciative of what he is given. It’s a sweet story that could lead to a larger discussion about what we can learn from our pets.”
Red Reading Hub “Adults concerned about fussy eaters especially, will smile at Carter’s tale and hope that perhaps like the small boy protagonist, their charges will try some new foods, perhaps even ‘green stuff’”
In The Good Books “loved Benji’s antics.”
Hip Little One “If you have a fussy child who needs a bit of gentle encouragement when it comes to healthy eating here’s a gorgeous read by EK Books to win him or her over”
Thrive “”Much like the main character in Our Dog Benji, there might be some things that Benji eats that your children might avoid (like “noisy, dozy and perhaps just a little crunchy” bugs!) but the heartwarming adventures of this hungry dog might help your kids become just a little less fussy at dinnertime too.”
“A simple yet effective story for young children which explores friendship, adventure and fussy eating; all of which are relevant and significant in the lives of children.”
Parents in Touch “This is the perfect book to share with fussy eaters and hopefully it will encourage them to be a little more adventurous.”
Books+Publishing “Carter is spot on when he writes from the perspective of an eternally ravenous hound who runs to the kitchen every morning in case the fridge had exploded overnight … James Henderson’s illustrations are winsome and sweet and the ending will prompt a cheer from little ones.”
It’s tough to help an anxious child. Psychologist Lynn Jenkins knows this, from professional experience, and from being a mother! In Lessons of a Little Anxious Creature, she has created an essential emotional resource that encourages children to develop strategies for anxiety management, by discovering new, useful ways to think about their worries.
With this engaging book, you can support children in learning to manage anxiety, and help them take crucial steps to understanding and dealing with their emotions. It’s a fun and innovative way of building resilience, a foundation that will not only benefit kids now, but for the rest of their lives.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 305 x 230 mm / 12 x 9 Inches | Colour | 32 Pages |
Meet Madison, Alexander, Fabian, Sophia, and Jayla — New York kids representing a blend of culture and race that typifies this impressive state. They’ll take you through a year in the life of New York’s kids, from celebrations, traditions and events, to the everyday way of life and the little things that make childhood so memorable. A New York Year is a picture book showcasing the cultural diversity of the state. It’s a snapshot of New Yorkers, blending modern-day culture and lifestyle with the traditions of yesteryear. Its pages feature meandering text, dates and gorgeous illustrations showcasing five New Yorker children at play, at school, at home, and enjoying the sights and sites of New York. From the spectacular Niagara Falls and Adirondack Mountains to the beaches of Long Island, and the dazzling lights of Manhattan, this is a New York childhood.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 245 mm x 255 mm | Colour | 32 Pages |
All children have ideas about what they might be when they grow up. In The Art Garden, Sadie dreams of being an artist like her best friend Tom, but every time she tries to paint she just ends up making a mess. In overcoming her frustrations, she realises there are many different ways of creating pictures and stories.
This delightful book follows Sadie as she gallops round her garden with Tom and learns that a change of perspective can change everything. Join her as she embraces her own unique strengths and creativity to make something beautiful.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 245 x 255 mm / 9 ½ x 10 Inches | Colour | 32 Pages |
Anzac Ted is the powerful, poignant story of a little boy’s teddy bear that was passed down to him from his grandfather. Battered, torn, missing an eye and an ear, he might look scary but he’s got a great story to tell. For Anzac Ted went to war, keeping soldiers company and giving them comfort. And while he never won a medal, and now doesn’t even attract a single vote at classroom Toy Shows, if only everyone looked a little deeper: ‘They’d see a hero, plain as day Who sits upon my bed. A hero, who saved me and you. His name … is Anzac Ted.’
While several children’s picture books cover the world wars, none has ever made the conflict so accessible to children by telling the story of a bear who went to war. Belinda’s exquisite watercolour illustrations combine with her rhyming text to create a book that, while perfect for parents and teachers to share with children, is also guaranteed to touch the heart of every adult.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardcover / Paperback | 245 x 255mm / 9½ x 10 Inches | 32 Pages |