Let the dogs out

Let the dogs out has been re-done and is now available in paperback with full page watercolour illustrations.

As you might imagine, although there is a happy ending for the story’s hero, this one is something of a tear-jerker.  You can read the whole story here, if you want to try before you buy, but, basically, it’s about a beagle who was born and raised in a laboratory breeding facility.  The story is told from his point of view and we learn how life is for him and his peers in this bleak place.  The reader actually knows more than he does because they can understand what the humans are saying, and they can read the label on the cage and the order form that slips to the floor.

The whole business is a very unhappy prospect indeed.  However, about half way through the book everything changes: one of the humans helps him to escape and there is an exciting car chase and a desperate search and, well, I don’t want to give everything away.

While there are no images of experiments on animals, it is very sad to learn about places like these, even in this PG depiction, so I know that no one is going to be choosing this one for a bedtime story.  But it is a story that needs to be told and widely shared.  Everyone should be aware of what it’s like for laboratory animals so that they are motivated to fight against vivisection; to refuse to donate to charities which fund vivisection; and to fight for a change in the law so that animals will no longer be bred, enslaved, tortured and killed by the people in these places.

So this is a great book for campaigners who wish to enlighten people about the realities of vivisection because, without actually depicting the cruel experiments, it conveys the hopelessness and helplessness felt by its innocent victims and inspires an urge to change things or at least to support those who are.  With that in mind, the end of the book includes information about the real company and events that informed the story and provides information about organisations fighting against vivisection and funding non-animal research to replace it.  All this information is also included at the bottom of the story page on Violet’s Vegan e-Comics.

Author/Illustrator:  Violet Plum of Violet’s Vegan Comics

Genre: comic/graphic novel, suspense, drama

Recommended for readers aged 12 and up

This Edition First Published:  24 April 2018

Format:  Paperback (78 pages)

ISBN-10: 1717157378

ISBN-13: 978-1717157379

Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.5 x 25.4 cm

Price:  £7.50

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Healthy Eating for Life FOR CHILDREN from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

From the Foreword by Neal Barnard, M.D.:  The writing of this book was motivated by the observation that many parents are unclear about how best to nourish their children at different stages of development.  Well-intentioned parents like you want to do the very best for the long-term health and well-being of their children.  They need help knowing where to begin.

Our hope is that by assembling an expert panel of doctors and nutritionists and by providing well-researched, easy-to-read information on healthy eating during childhood, we can help you promote excellent health for your children throughout their lives.


Boy I wish I’d had this book when my children were little, then I wouldn’t have been misled by my GP who pleaded with me not to make my baby vegan, saying that children need dairy for at least their first five years!  I was very young, inexperienced and, since it was way before the internet, there was no one else to ask.  It was another eleven years before we had enough information to understand that he was wrong, and our transition from vegetarianism to veganism left us feeling better than ever.

But that didn’t prevent us being misjudged by another GP when I took my youngest to the doctor when she was about 11 because she was getting recurring headaches.  I’d assumed she was suffering from migraines but as soon as the GP heard we were vegan she sucked in her breath over her teeth and said with confidence

“Calcium deficiency!”

I insisted that that wasn’t it, we get enough calcium from our fruit and vegetables, but she would not be dissuaded from her conclusion and sent us away after telling us to take some multi-vitamins, without doing any tests or examination.  Some months later, thanks to a good  GP advising us to go the optician and see if the headaches were due to a need for glasses, it was discovered that there was haemorrhaging behind her eyes caused by a benign brain tumour.

The world and medical practitioners are so much more enlightened nowadays though aren’t they?  Thanks to the internet and such widely available information shared online by vegan individuals, groups and organisations.  So you’d think that no one would be in danger of getting the kind of bad advice we got back then.

I was shocked to discover a few weeks ago that that’s not true.  A friend of mine took her eleven and a half month-old baby for her ‘one year review’ by a Health Visitor at a children’s centre in Brighton and was told she should be transitioning her baby off breast milk and onto cows’ milk – for the calcium!!!!!!!

Thankfully my friend knows better but lots of people, like me all those years ago, will be swayed by this shockingly bad advice.  That’s why this book is brilliant.  Because it comes from the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine, written by Amy Lanou, Ph.D. who is Nutrition Director of the Physicians’ Committee (or she was when this was first published back in 2002 – oh I wish I’d had it then!) and got her doctoral degree from Cornell University, readers can rest assured that the book can be relied upon.  And it’s got so much!  From a healthy pregnancy to healthy breast feeding to healthy nutrition for your child for the rest of his or her life, this book tells you everything you need to know 🙂

And it even provides you with a ton of healthy delicious recipes:

I bought this one for my friend, but now I’m going to get another one for me!

Author:  Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine with Amy Lanou, Ph.D.

Genre:  Non-fiction, Plant-Based Nutrition

Recommended for teens and up

Format:  Paperback (272 pages) and Kindle Edition

Published:  February 2002

ISBN-10:  0471436216

ISBN-13:  978-0471436218

Dimensions:  15.5 x 1.9 x 22.7 cm

Available from the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine and Amazon


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Wild Goose Chase

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Wild Goose Chase

The author of rhyming story book What’s Good For The Goose Is Not Good For The Panda has turned her hand to non-fiction this time, for older readers:   Wild Goose Chase – another unique title from collage artist Lavender Laine.

Wild Goose Chase is a collage of excerpts from the brilliant Sacred Cows and Golden Geese by Ray Greek MD and Jean Swingle Greek DVM.  Laine has torn pertinent sentences and paragraphs from their meticulously researched and referenced book and collaged them onto found images from many different books and magazines.  The result is a short book full of historical and scientific facts, made easier to remember by the images to which they are pasted; a book which demonstrates the futility of animal experiments and explains the corrupt, unscientific reasons for its continuation in spite of superior human-based research alternatives.

Every student should know these facts.  And every reader who wants more detailed information can find it with ease by referring to the relevant pages in Sacred Cows and Golden Geese indicated on the torn-out excerpts.

Wild Goose Chase contains no disturbing images or descriptions.  It is colourful, eye-catching, engrossing, honest, informative and designed to be memorable.

Author/Illustrator: Lavender Laine

Genre: Non-fiction/medical history.

Recommended for readers aged 12 and up.

Published by Honestly Books 25 May 2016

Format: Paperback (48 pages)

ISBN-13: 978-1979949859

Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.3 x 27.9 cm

Price:  £5.20

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Maddicts is a dark satire, set a little in the future.  In 2027 the world is looking pretty bleak. Factory farming has escalated beyond even today’s levels and the Government is planning to build bigger, more hideous animal breeding and slaughtering facilities on greenbelt land.  At the same time human dementia has reached epidemic proportions and very few have made the connection between that and meat addiction.  In this world of non joined-up thinking, only a few individuals are aware of the looming crisis.  Professor Miriam Goode attempts to warn the public but no one is listening.

The story unfolds day by day, in a darkly-comic documentary style, revealing what happens when billions of abused and brutalised animals the world over act simultaneously to escape their bonds and make a break for freedom.

There’s no swearing or disturbing images or anything like that, but it’s not really suitable for under 12s.  You can read it here first if you like 🙂

Author/Illustrator: Violet’s Vegan Comics

Genre: Graphic novel/satire/horror/

Recommended for ages 12 and up

Published: September 2014

Format: Paperback (102 pages)

ISBN-10: 1500985724
ISBN-13: 978-1500985721

Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.6 x 25.4 cm

Price:  £9.50

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