Saying Goodbye to Barkley

Saying Goodbye to Barkley
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Format: Paperback / softback, 32 Pages
ISBN: 9781925820447
Publisher: EK Books
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Description

Olivia and her dog Barkley are inseparable. He’s her sidekick, her partner in crime-fighting, doing good deeds, and sniffing out clues. They’re the perfect pair. But one day, Barkley has to slow down and retire from being Olivia’s sidekick. Olivia tries to keep on fighting crime, but it’s just not the same without her trusty companion. Then, Barkley is gone, leaving Olivia heartbroken!

She misses her friend so much that she dreads falling asleep because she doesn’t want to wake up without Barkley. She struggles to think how she can keep being a superhero without her sidekick in tow.  Gradually, however, she realises that Barkley wouldn’t want her to be unhappy for the rest of her life. Find out how Olivia learns to be happy again, while always remembering Barkley and the wonderful adventures they had together.

A heartwarming tale about love and loss, Saying Goodbye to Barkley will help any children who are struggling after losing a pet, or someone close to them. Its beautiful illustrations will captivate young minds, while its loving and caring message will help them feel better in the toughest of times. Follow Olivia’s story to see how she managed to stay positive by caring about others and keeping her heart open!

The author

Devon Sillett is a former radio producer, turned writer and reviewer. Born in the US, Devon now calls Australia home. She has loved books as long as she can remember — so much so that she even married her husband Matthew in a library! Currently, she teaches in the writing department at the University of Canberra, where she is also a PhD student, researching Australian children’s picture books. If she isn’t writing or reading, you’ll find her playing Lego or hide-and-seek with her two young sons, Jay and Aaron. Her first picture book, The Leaky Story, was published by EK in 2017. She is also the author of Saying Goodbye to Barkley (2019, EK Books) and Scaredy Book (2020, EK Books)

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), Saying Goodbye to Barkley (EK Books, 2019), The Incredibly Busy Mind of Bowen Bartholomew Crisp (with Paul Russell, 2021, EK Books) and Upside-Down Friday (EK Books, 2021).

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Specs

Format: Paperback / softback, 32 Pages
ISBN: 9781925820447
Illustrations: 35 color illustrations
Size: 10.039 in x 9.646 in / 255 mm x 245 mm
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