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.
"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
"thinking differently can be a big advantage."* Sunday Telegraph *
"creates a safe space in which to probe the concepts of diversity and potential."* Buzz Words *
"The Incredibly Busy Mind of Bowen Bartholomew Crisp does a great job of recognising children who see the world differently."* Blue Wolf Reviews *
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. Seeing the world differently is to be celebrated. 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. Adults and children will have fun thinking of wild and imaginative answers to Bowen's way-out questions.* NZ Booklovers *
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
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!
"As Bowen grows, he finds that his unique way of understanding the world can be a gift to others."* Barefoot Mommy *
"This beautifully rendered story is essential reading for .. all the Bowens out there who can feel empowered, finally, for others to hear their story"* Story Talk Book Peeks *
"A picture book about seeing the world differently. 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. "* Kids Books NZ *