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.
Aussie Reviews, September 2017 “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, September 2017 “The perfect book to encourage fussy eaters to try more vegetables.” –Click here to view.
Pinerolo Newsletter, May 2017 “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, April 2017 “‘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”
Nayu’s Reading Corner, March 2017 “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”
Woof Magazine, March 2017 “The perfect book to encourage fussy eaters to try a few more vegetables!” – Click here to view.
Buzz Words Books, March 2017 “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.”
Kids’ Book Review, March 2017 “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, March 2017 “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, March 2017 “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.”
Thrive, February 2017 “”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.”
NC Teacher Stuff, February 2017 “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, February 2017 “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’”
The Bottom Shelf, February 2017 “Given the new research that shows the food that toddlers eat has a profound effect on their lives long-term particularly their likelihood of being overweight or obese, any books that start conversations with them about nutrition and what they and their pets need to be healthy and active has to be a winner. Thumbs up for this one.”
In The Good Books, February 2017 “loved Benji’s antics.”
Hip Little One, February 2017 “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”
Reading Time, February 2017
“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, February 2017 “This is the perfect book to share with fussy eaters and hopefully it will encourage them to be a little more adventurous.”
Books+Publishing, October 2016 “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.”
Due for release November 2017 so pre-order your copy now.
Grace and Katie are twins who love to draw. Grace loves everything to be organised and neat, while Katie loves everything to be bright, bold and messy. When they want to draw a map of their home and street, the girls can’t agree on how it should be done so they each decide to create their own map. But that doesn’t work out quite as well as they’d planned.
Perhaps working together might be more fun after all! An imaginative exploration of individuality, sisterhood, creativity and appreciating each other’s strengths.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardcover | 245 x 255 mm | Colour | 32 Pages |
Due for release in Australia and New Zealand January 2018 so pre-order now. US, CA and UK, July 2018.
Perfect Petunias is a book for little people who find it hard to make mistakes. Loppy LAC is very worried about not doing his homework well enough. He is always focusing on what he hasn’t done rather then what he has. So, his friend Curly teaches him about how petunias grow — in lots of different, imperfect directions that we can’t control! Loppy learns that sometimes he just needs to accept that things go a certain way and to change his definition of ‘perfect’ to mean trying his absolute best.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 305 x 230 mm / 12 x 9 Inches | Colour | 32 Pages |
The Fix-It Man is a poignant picture book that explores how a child can cope with the loss of a parent (in this case, the young girl’s mother). Repairing damaged emotions is not as straightforward as gluing a broken kite back together or sewing up a torn toy.
And grief affects all members of a family, with each responding in their own way to the loss. By sticking with her father, the young girl is able to strengthen her resilience and ability to cope with one of life’s harshest experiences.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 245 x 255 mm / 9 ½ x 10 Inches | Colour | 32 Pages |
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Exquisite watercolour illustrations combine with lyrical text to create a story that’s perfect for readers aged 4–8. This book will be cherished by families and recommended by teachers and librarians, exploring as it does the resilience of nature, the art of forgiveness, and the unique love between a parent and child.
&nsbp; SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 245 x 255 mm / 9 ½ x 10 Inches | Colour | 32 Pages |