Cookie loves Girl more than anything – even chasing balls and smelling smells!
Based on personal experience
“In year 12 I struggled with depression, anxiety and anorexia, and wasn’t able to go to school for most of the year. When my parents gave me Saffy for my 18th birthday, everything started getting better; he could make me smile when nothing else could and was beside me for every step. Recovering from depression was easily the most challenging, humbling experience of my life.”
– Author Isabelle Duff
A story for everyone
“Depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses are experienced by one in 7 people in Australia. So, statistically, almost everyone will have someone in their life who struggles with their mental health. I hope that Cookie can help create a culture of empathy around mental illness, and educate children about what their loved ones might be going through.”
– Author Isabelle Duff
An important resource that keeps things light
Cookie is the first book by an extremely promising young author, written when she was just 18 years old. Based on her own personal experiences with depression, anxiety and anorexia, and the relationship with her dog, Saffy, this book is a playful, positive and sensitive resource for starting conversations about depression with young readers. This is an important contribution to the movement to de-stigmatise discussions around mental illness.
Isabelle Duff is a farmer, author, and soon-to-be student at the University of New South Wales, where she will study Advanced Science and Commerce. She is currently on a gap year, working full time on her family farm near Manildra, NSW, where they farm sheep and cattle, and crop. Isabelle is a self-proclaimed ‘absolute tree hugger’, passionate about science and environmental agribusiness. She hopes to one day manage the family business.
Cookie is Isabelle’s first book, written when she was just 19 years old. She has volunteered at her local primary school for the past year and a half, and is passionate about opening conversations about mental illness with children at a young age, helping to reduce stigmatism and ignorance.
Isabelle’s favourite things in the world are rock music, picnics, Aussie wildflowers and of course, Saffy – her dog (and best friend) who inspired Cookie. She feels more at home in the bush with her beautiful dog than anywhere else.
Susannah Crispe is a Canberra-based children’s book illustrator, inspired by a background in zoology and art history, and a love of beautifully crafted books. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of Sydney (2008) and studied Zoology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of New England.
Susannah is a largely self-taught artist, and works primarily in watercolour and digital collage. She has been illustrating professionally for four years for a range of clients, producing a large selection of greeting cards, logo designs and wildlife artworks. Susannah is also a stay-at-home-mum, where reading books with the kids forms a huge part of her everyday routine. Cookie is her second book; her first is titled Where the Heart Is (also with EK Books).
Meet the whole EK family!