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The Incredibly Busy Mind of Bowen Bartholomew Crisp

Paul Russell Nicky Johnston



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07 July 2021
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. He wonders whether fireflies are hot, and notices how the brushstrokes of a painting tell a story too. Bowen sees the world differently to other children and struggles to fit in. How will he find his place in the world?

The Incredibly Busy Mind of Bowen Bartholomew Crisp follows the life of Bowen through school and beyond. At every stage, he finds that he doesn't fit in with his peers, but this eventually becomes his greatest strength. Through thinking differently, he is able to solve problems that no one else could. After all, just because something can't be mended the same as it was, why can't it be mended differently?

A very personal story, Bowen's tale is sensitively written and full of colourful, lively illustrations. It aims to offer hope to children who haven't yet found their place in life by showing them that being 'normal' might just be overrated, and that to find success in life we should be valuing our differences.

Children, carers, teachers and psychologists alike 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!
By:   Paul Russell
Illustrated by:   Nicky Johnston
Imprint:   Exisle
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 241mm,  Width: 254mm, 
ISBN:   9781925820881
ISBN 10:   1925820882
Pages:   32
Publication Date:   07 July 2021
Recommended Age:   From 6 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Paul Russell is a primary teacher, artist, playwright and children's author. He has been in classrooms for over 30 years, and all of his heroes are teachers. He is passionate about children's literacy and building young appetites for the written word. Nicky Johnston is an educator, speaker, and author/illustrator of children's books. She visits schools and presents at workshops and conferences, sharing her journey, promoting emotional resilience and raising awareness of mental health issues.

Reviews for The Incredibly Busy Mind of Bowen Bartholomew Crisp

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. -- Books + Publishing 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. -- Book Witch

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