Why are you a vegan? and other rhyming stories for English language learners

The long awaited book of rhyming stories for English language learners is finally here!  Over the years we have had  several requests for a simplification of the vocabulary in some of our rhyming stories for little ones so that they are suitable for people learning English as a foreign language.  This has finally been achieved thanks to Madeleine Lifsey, an English language teacher, who worked with Violet to re-word the stories so that they are all written in present tense, simple vocabulary.  The result is this lovely little book 😀

The five popular rhyming stories, Why are you a vegan?, “I’m not dinner!”, Edmund’s Lunch, bones and teeth and Where are you going Deidra?, adapted for English language learners, can be enjoyed here for free but if you want to use them in the classroom, this fully illustrated paperback is just the thing 😀

Created with Comic Life by Plasq

Author/Illustrator:  Violet Plum

Editor:  Madeleine Lifsey

Genre:  stories in rhyme/educational

Recommended for anyone learning or teaching English as a foreign language

Published May 2019 by Little Chicken

Format:  Paperback (81 pages)

ISBN-10:  1097412946

ISBN-13:  978-1097412945

Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.5 x 22.9 cm

Price:  £7.50

Click here to buy from Amazon UK,

Also available from Amazon in Europe, USA, Canada, Japan and Australia.  If you can’t or don’t want to buy from Amazon, contact us to arrange mail order 😀

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Megan & Flos: Beginnings

Megan & Flos is now a proper comic from the beginning!  It’s been a while.  Megan actually met Flos in 2012 but then they were only pencil drawings 😉 Now, with the help of Artistry by Stephen Toub, and Comic Life by Plasq, they have been reborn as a proper full colour comic book!

This book contains the first five episodes!  Megan and Flos meet; Megan saves Flos, Flos saves Megan; Megan and Flos track down the polluters; Megan and Flos try to stop the frackers; Megan and Flos go up against the volpars on another planet.  It’s all go!

Of course you can read it all for free at Violet’s Vegan Comics, but if you’re the kind of person who likes to actually turn pages, then this is for you! 😀

Author/Illustrator:  Violet Plum

Genre:  Children’s comics / juvenile fiction

Recommended for readers aged 8 and up

Published March 2019 by Little Chicken

Format:  Paperback (52 pages)

ISBN-10:  1090318766

ISBN-13:  978-1090318763

Dimensions:  21.6 x 0.3 x 27.9 cm

Price:  £5.50

Click here to buy from Amazon UK,

Also available from Amazon in Europe, USA, Canada, Japan and Australia. If you’re somewhere where you can’t buy from Amazon, contact us to arrange mail order 😀

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NB: for those in the UK who don’t like to shop online,  contact us to mail order and pay by cheque.

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Reflecto Girl episodes 5 & 6: Sidekick & Harsh But Fair

Renée Gale became Reflecto Girl when she inherited the Dounto (pronounced doon-toe) from her grandmother.  The Dounto, an ancient Celtic mystical mirror, reflects people’s misdeeds back onto them.  With it Renée defends and protects animals by showing people just what it feels like to be on the receiving end of the kind of treatment they’re dishing out.

In episode 5 Reflecto Girl finds herself in a formal garden and what starts out as a lovely day turns ugly when she discovers the lengths some people will go to for a neatly manicured lawn.  She also learns something she didn’t know about the Dounto and gets herself a sidekick.

In episode 6, Renée, with her new sidekick, goes up against a government man who makes the common mistake of underestimating her and suffers some heart-breaking consequences.

This big, colourful comic book includes not only these exciting stories but also some fascinating information about moles, and calcium, and there’s a couple of fun puzzle pages.

The Reflecto Girl series was first published at Violet’s Vegan Comics and if you like your comics virtual, you can pop over there right now and read all the Reflecto Girl stories for free.  However, if you like to hold the book in your hands, and do the puzzles with a pencil, you can get this one from Amazon for the very reasonable price of £4 😀

Created with Comic Life by Plasq

Author/Illustrator:  Violet Plum

Genre:  Children’s comics / Juvenile fiction

Recommended for readers aged 8 and up

Published January 2019 by Little Chicken

Format:  Paperback (39 pages)

ISBN-10:  179380169X

ISBN-13:  978-1793801692

Dimensions:  21.6 x 0.3 x 27.9 cm

Price:  £4

Click here to buy from Amazon UK,

Also available from Amazon in Europe, USA, Canada, Japan and Australia. If you’re somewhere where you can’t buy from Amazon, contact us to arrange mail order 😀

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NB: for those in the UK who don’t like to shop online,  contact us to mail order and pay by cheque.

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Venus Aqueous: Prison Break

It’s 2019 already?!  Well, we hope you’re having a happy new year so far and here’s some more good news: Venus Aqueous Prison Break is now a big, colourful comic book!

For those unfamiliar with Venus, you can catch up with the story so far at Violet’s Vegan Comics, and once you’ve got to know her, you’re bound to want to read episode 5 😀

In this chapter, Venus and friends have heard terrible things about the goings-on at their local public aquarium and they’re going undercover as volunteers to investigate. But what they find out is even more shocking than they knew. Their aquatic friends desperately need the girls’ help and Venus, Jean and Adi won’t let them down.

It’s another exciting adventure from the  popular comic series ‘Venus Aqueous’ about a champion swimmer with the ability to hear and understand marine animals. This full-colour second edition replaces the earlier black and white publication of the same name.  And, as if that wasn’t enough, there’s a crossword about marine animals at the back!

Created with Comic Life by Plasq

Author/Illustrator:  Violet Plum

Created by Violet’s Vegan Comics

Genre:  Children’s comics / Juvenile fiction

Recommended for readers aged 8 and up

Published November 2018 by Little Chicken

Format:  Paperback (41 pages)

ISBN-10: 1079254897
ISBN-13: 978-1079254891
Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.3 x 27.9 cm

Price:  £4.00

Click here to buy from Amazon UK,

Also available from Amazon in Europe, USA, Canada, Japan and Australia. If you’re somewhere where you can’t buy from Amazon, contact us to arrange mail order 😀

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NB: for those in the UK who don’t like to shop online,  contact us to mail order and pay by cheque.

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Little Chicken Classic – Luke Walker animal stick up for-er

Remember the old Penguin Classics?  Well here’s a Little Chicken Classic.  The first.  It isn’t quite as pristine as its Penguin counterparts because Luke has got his grubby mits on it and defaced it with stickers and smudges.  Luckily,  they don’t obscure the title 😀

The Little Chicken Classic – Luke Walker animal stick up for-er contains the first sixteen chapters of our beloved outlaw’s adventures, complete with illustrations.  It seemed a good idea to put them all in one volume, making them more portable and therefore easier to keep on hand for public transport delays or long waits in doctors’ waiting rooms or whenever you have a few moments at your disposal.  Getting so much adventure into so few pages was achieved by simply changing the font – this Little Chicken Classic is written in the classic Times New Roman which fills less than half the number of pages taken up by the handwritten font used in the first two books.  So, there’s your behind-the-scenes look at what made this edition possible which might be obvious to some and uninteresting to many, but since I assume you already know who Luke Walker is and what kind of mischief he gets up to, I had to post something different about this edition.

On the other hand, perhaps I’m wrong to assume anything.  Perhaps you’ve never heard of Luke Walker.  Perhaps you don’t know that he’s an eight year old, growing up in a typical meat-eating household, who doesn’t just accept things unquestioningly.  Perhaps you didn’t realise that, despite the fact that he’s never met a veg*n in his life, he decides to become one after discovering what bacon really is, or rather, was.  Perhaps you don’t know that whilst he is perceived by parents and teachers alike to be naughty, rebellious, argumentative and troublesome, he is in actual fact extremely thoughtful, empathetic, wise and brave.  He is outspoken but uses more than just words to stick up for animals in all sorts of different ways.  He is a righteous warrior for the innocent victims who can’t help themselves, or damsons in distress as he calls them.  He’s a modern Robin Hood.

These stories are funny, exciting and touching but if you don’t believe me you can read them for free here.  If you’d like to gift them to a friend or read them to your children at bedtime you can buy the paperback from Lulu 😀

Author:  Violet Plum

Illustrators:  Miranda Lemon and Violet Plum

Genre:  Juvenile fiction, short stories, humour,

Recommended for readers aged 8 and up

Published by Little Chicken:  May 2018

Format:  Paperback (174 pages)

Dimensions: 15.24 cm wide x 22.86 cm tall

Price:  £6

Click here to buy from Lulu in the UK, France, Germany and the USA

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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

Click here to buy from Amazon UK

Also available from Amazon in Europe, USA, Canada, Japan and Australia.  If you’re somewhere where you can’t buy from Amazon, contact us to arrange mail order 😀

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NB: for those in the UK who don’t like to shop online, contact us to mail order and pay by cheque.

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Grandpa Wollemi’s Birthday

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Grandpa Wollemi’s Birthday

Another big and beautiful book by Edward Benn, Grandpa Wollemi’s Birthday doesn’t disappoint.  Beautifully illustrated in naïve style by Cynthia Barnett, this adorable story is about a child wanting to make something for Grandpa’s birthday.

Everyone is excited because it’s Grandpa Wollemi’s birthday.  Kauri has made him a present and Myrtle has made him a present, but Cedro just can’t think what to give him.  That is, until he remembers that Grandpa has a sweet tooth and decides to make him a birthday cake, all by himself. The simple egg-free recipe and how-to is described in the story so that readers will know how to make one themselves (with adult supervision of course 🙂 ).

Absolutely delicious! Why not try before you buy?

You can read the story here for free 😀

Author: Edward Benn

Illustrator: Cynthia Barnett

Genre: Juvenile fiction / picture story book / early learning

Recommended for children aged 5 and up

Published by Honestly Books in April 2016

Format: Paperback (52 pages)

Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.3 x 27.9 cm

ISBN 9781985376380

Price:  £5.40

 Click here to buy from Amazon UK

Also available from Amazon Europe, USA, Canada, Japan and Australia.  If you’re somewhere where you can’t buy from Amazon, contact us to arrange mail order 😀

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NB: for those in the UK who don’t like to shop online, contact us to mail order and pay by cheque

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