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Thursday 29 July 2021

Review: The Incredibly Busy Mind of Bowen Bartholomew Crisp

The Incredibly Busy Mind of Bowen Bartholomew Crisp is a tribute to the minds of those who examine the world around them, and see things others miss.

 Paul Russell’s perfectly structured prose opens up for examination, the definition of ‘normal’, in connection to the contrasting views of the world as seen by children, whose brains are wired in a singular way.

When Bowen started school, the questions he was asked to answer, needed more time than he was given to reply.

As he grew older his expanding mind had reached a higher degree of thought and logic, exceeding that of others who weren’t allowed the time to examine. 

I could see so much, but everyone else had already finished looking.

His mum understood him perfectly. They played their question and answer games, challenging each other, allowing time for curiosity to burst through the silence before answering.

Created from the personal experience of both writer and illustrator, this magical book is designed to encourage a deeper understanding and awareness in educators and families, about the different neurological pathways in the brains of children. A difference which can easily be translated as something abnormal, but which in fact, is the brilliance of a unique mind, which simply sees things in another way.

Nicky Johnston’s always delicate illustrations offer up the countless details that make up Bowen’s life. He doesn’t know it yet, but what he sees as not fitting in, is a mind in constant thought, examining a world waiting to be discovered, as he works his way to his full potential.

Stunning in every way, another superb collaboration from two highly talented creators, filled with wisdom and beauty, also waiting to be discovered.

Title: The Incredibly Busy Mind of Bartholomew Crisp
Author: Paul Russell
Illustrator: Nicky Johnston
Publisher: EK Books, $ 24.99
Publication Date: 1 July 2021
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 978192820881
For ages: 5 – 10
Type: Picture Book