The Incredibly Busy Mind of Bowen Bartholomew Crisp

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Out now in NZ and UK! Due for release 21st July in AU and 27th July in US/CAN – pre-order your copy now!

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

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).

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
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