By Ky Garvey and Amy Calautti
A Brisbane-based mother of two children with autism and ADHD, releases her first picture book and it’s all about having a go at something new, and turning trials into triumphs.
Easy Peasy follows Ruby, who has just received her first pair of roller skates as a present from her dad. She’s convinced it will be easy peasy to learn how to roller skate and dismisses her dad when he offers to help her. But after a few tumbles, Ruby realises it isn’t as easy as she thinks and she might need her dad’s help after all.
Author Ky Garvey was initially inspired by her son, who as a little boy loved his skateboard so much that he took it to bed with him every night like a teddy bear. But as she began to write, she remembered the joy of roller skating with her dad at the local rink every Saturday morning. As Ky puts it, ‘It was treasured time together and I wanted to reflect that relationship in my book.’
Easy Peasy will delight skating-mad girls and patient parents while providing a lesson in independence and perseverance. And the hilarious, relatable illustrations by Amy Calautti add an extra dash of shiny, sparkly fun!
Easy Peasy is available 1st February, 2023. RRP $24.99. Buy it here.
“It is a fun and engaging story that is perfect for children who are learning how to do something for the first time. I love that it shows children it is okay and sometimes necessary to ask for help when learning, with the central message being of persistence, patience, independence and perseverance. Both my kids (girl, 6 years old and boy, 3 years old) love the book as the text is easy for them to understand (and for my 6 year old to read herself) and the illustrations are so colourful and sparkly.” – Nicole, a Northern Beaches Mum
ABOUT THE CREATORS
Ky Garvey has two sons diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. Her sons inspired her to write fun and engaging stories that turn challenges into triumphs in a way that is supportive, inclusive and empowering. She also writes and hosts the podcast Totally Lit! Ky is based in Brisbane.
Amy Calautti loved to draw from a young age and often made up games based around drawing to entertain her younger brother and cousins. She now lives with her small tribe of humans who inspire her every day. Amy is based in Perth.