The Incredibly Busy Mind of Bowen Bartholomew Crisp

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Most children would say that the ocean is blue, but when Bowen looks at it he sees white where the waves crash, deep black on the ocean floor, and green when there’s a storm. Bowen sees the world differently and struggles to fit in. When he turns his uniqueness into his greatest strength, however, he finds his place in the world. Young readers, carers, teachers and psychologists alike will be inspired by this story of embracing diversity while also encouraging children to think differently.

SPECIFICATIONS: 9781925820881 | Hardback | 245 x 255mm / 9.5 x 10in | 32 pages | Full Colour | EK Books

Being ‘normal’ might just be overrated…


A staple resource for experts…

“This new book is definitely part of my recommended reading for families going through an Autism diagnosis, or having trouble with understanding their child’s neurological differences. It is a staple in every classroom too, to decrease stigma associated with children who don’t fit a ‘mould.’.”

– Sounds Adventures, Speech Pathology

 

 

 

 

A story close to the creator’s hearts…

“When Paul showed me the manuscript, I cried. He had absolutely captured my son’s ‘busy’ mind perfectly and the most rewarding part was being the chosen illustrator! The first time I read it to my son, he blinked in disbelief…. ‘this is me’, he said. He is like many children who think differently in their world and need to be understood!”

– Illustrator Nicky Johnston

 

 

 

 

And a reminder that there is no ‘right way’ to see the world

This story will appeal to children, carers, teachers, psychologists, and others who work with children with learning difficulties, ADHD and other neurological differences. Readers will find inspiration in this tale of embracing diversity and engaging our full potential. It is a vital reminder that the strength and uniqueness of every child should be encouraged to help them find their place in the world and flourish!

 

 

 

Paul Russell is a primary teacher, artist, playwright and children’s author. Having been in classrooms for over 30 years, it really isn’t surprising that all of his heroes are teachers. Paul is particularly passionate about children’s literacy and in building an appetite within children for the written word and sharing stories.

Paul is the author of Grandma Forgets (2017, EK Books), My Storee (2018, EK Books), The Incurable Imagination (2019, EK Books) and Courageous Lucy (2021, EK Books). He has won awards for his stories, with Grandma Forgets making the CBCA list of notable picture books in 2018. Paul has a daughter with worries of her own and he reads her this story to calm her down.

Nicky Johnston is an educator, speaker and author/illustrator of children’s books. She enjoys every aspect of creating books for kids, especially illustration. Nicky’s illustration style is often described as whimsical, emotive, soft and expressive. She is passionate about promoting emotional resilience in children and raising awareness of mental health issues.

Nicky’s love of teaching sees her busy with school visits to share her journey of becoming an author and illustrator, and to show children the process of creating a book using excerpts of her work. She also presents at workshops and conferences. As well as teaching, Nicky works from home writing and illustrating in her art studio, and has contributed to 16 books including At the End of Holyrood Lane (EK Books, 2018), The Fix-It Man (EK Books 2017), Grandma Forgets (EK Books, 2017, with Paul Russell), Saying Goodbye to Barkley (EK Books, 2019) and Upside-Down Friday (EK Books, 2021).

Kids Books NZ

“The story is a great example of neurodiversity and what different ways of seeing the world can contribute to us all as a society.
This is a good book with gentle humour, detailed illustrations, and the invitation for us all to appreciate the details, and think more deeply about questions and issues that surround us.” Click here to read in full


Story Talk Book Peeks

“This beautifully rendered story is essential reading for ..  all the Bowens out there who can feel empowered, finally, for others to hear their story”Click here to read in full


Kids’ Book Review

“Created from the personal experience of both writer and illustrator, this magical book is designed to encourage a deeper understanding and awareness … about the different neurological pathways in the brains of children.  Stunning in every way”.  Click here to read


Bottom Shelf (edu blog)
“The teachers’ notes  offer great insight into the story behind this story and suggest how we can put ourselves into Bowen’s shoes by putting ourselves into one of the situations he finds himself him and using a variety of thinking tools such as De Bono’s Six Hats to gain a new perspective.  Instead of paying lip-service to diversity we can experience it and develop greater understanding and empathy.” Click here to read in full


Buzz Words

“creates a safe space in which to probe the concepts of diversity and potential.” Click here to read in full


Brisbane Sunday Mail’s X Factor section
“Delightfully different”


Educate Empower
“An excellent book to raise self-esteem & a sense of caring for the world” Click here to read


The Carousel
“This inspiring story of embracing diversity and exploring our full potential will capture your child’s heart and teach them that anything is possible.”


 Western Suburbs Weekly
“Embraces neurological diversity and the importance of finding your place in the world rather than confirming”


Blue Wolf Reviews

“The Incredibly Busy Mind of Bowen Bartholomew Crisp does a great job of recognising children who see the world differently.”Click here to read in full


NZ Booklovers
This is a fantastic resource for parents and teachers to share with children and show that there is more than one way of viewing the world. For children who think differently like Bowen the book will be reassuring, and for all children it will encourage them to exercise their minds, be inquisitive, and see things from new perspectives. Click here to read in full


Barefoot Mommy
“As Bowen grows, he finds that his unique way of understanding the world can be a gift to others.”


What book next?
I loved the way The Incredibly Busy Mind of Bartholomew Crisp is told in first person. We get to know Bowen and how he thinks. He ponders questions given him seriously, but like any child also wonders about the weird and wonderful world around him.

Beautifully illustrated in coloured pencil, Bowen’s story is perfect to kick off discussion about differences, empathy, understanding and acceptance of others around you. Gorgeous! Click here to read in full


Sound Adventures – Speech Pathologist 

“This new book is definitely part of my recommended reading for families going through an Autism diagnosis, or having trouble with understanding their child’s neurological differences. It is a staple in every classroom too, to decrease stigma associated with children who don’t fit a ‘mould.’.”Click here to read in full.


Pinerolo

“A very inquisitive boy grows up asking lots of curious questions and finally finds his place in the world. Engaging illustrations follow his progress”


Books + Publishing
“this book offers a gentle look at neurodiversity and, eventually, finding one’s place in the world. It’s about accepting that everyone is unique and that standing apart from whatever is considered ‘normal’ has its own rewards.” Click here for the full review.


Book Witch
The Incredibly Busy Mind of Bowen Bartholomew Crisp is the loveliest picture book by Paul Russell and Nicky Johnston. It sounded good before I had it here to read, but it’s miles better in every way now that I have read it.” Click here for the full review.

The Newcastle Herald

Newcastle children’s book author Paul Russell tackles neurological diversity

The Newcastle Herald
Provided by Newcastle Herald

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