The Perfectly Wonky Carrot

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Learn to love food no matter its shape – it’s what’s on the inside that counts!

Something strange has appeared in the fruit and veg aisle, something quite wonky. The other fruit and veg can’t believe it – “Not perfect looking? How odd! There’s no place for you here!”

Tap Carrotsworth, the laid-back carrot with a radiant smile, isn’t fazed. After hearing about a beauty contest, Tap immediately enters and is thrilled to show there’s nothing wrong with looking different.

But it’s not as straightforward: Tap must first prove himself and face the peculiar tests of Beatrice – the small but mighty blueberry queen before he may enter the show. Even if he wins the acceptance of the queen, can Tap go on to convince them all to see beyond his odd looks?


A book that’s celebrates being different, with the message to never judge by appearance.

Over one-third of food grown globally is lost or wasted for various reasons every year. This book focuses on the strict cosmetic standards supermarkets and retailers put on farmers to produce perfectly-looking crops.

An inspiring story of embracing our differences, Tap’s inner confidence and positive outlook will reinforce your sense of personal power and self-esteem in this triumphant tale. Teaching young people as well as how to look after our environment by reducing our food waste,  ‘The Perfectly Wonky Carrot’ will surely make the perfect birthday or Christmas gift for any child.

Aimed at children ages 5 – 11, with plenty for big kids to enjoy too!

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Each book is a nourishing mix of:

– An uplifting story full of wonderful rhyme and adventure: creatively written in verse with a dyslexia-friendly font typeface.

– Important life lessons: learning about equality, inner-confidence, and sustainability, The Perfectly Wonky Carrot will encourage a greater perspective in life, time and time again.

– Hilarious illustrations and eye-popping colour on every page, with references for kids and adults.

– A food waste fact section: Each story comes with a fact section at the back of the book. Learn what food waste is, the causes, and what we can do to help reduce its impact on us and the environment.

 

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With thanks to everyone for their support so far through the creation of the book. Check out the supporters below who are doing their bit to reduce food waste –

bubblesqueakeat.com/

Bubble & Squeak is kids ran social enterprise fighting food waste from the school playground. They distribute surplus food to their local community, run surplus food events as well sell their wonky fruit and veg artwork and chutneys. They are based in East Acton, West London.

 

changefood.org/

Change Food is a grassroots movement creating a healthy, equitable food system from the ground up. Through conferences, events and special projects, Change Food provides a platform for voices and ideas that might not otherwise be heard, and works to develop partnerships and collaborations to strengthen the impact of small food producers and organizations toward a truly equitable, sustainable future.

 

thefelixproject.org/

The Felix Project is a charity that works with food suppliers and charities to reduce food waste and food poverty. We collect food from supermarkets, wholesalers and other food suppliers – food that is fresh and nutritious but cannot be sold for various reasons. We then deliver that food free of charge to a range of charities across London who provide meals, snacks or food parcels for their clients.

 

foodtank.com/

Food Tank is one of the fastest growing nonprofit organizations around food and agriculture issues, focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. Their work spotlights environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty, and create networks of people, organizations, and content to push for food system change.

 

oddbox.co.uk/

Oddbox is a social enterprise that fights food waste on UK’s farms. It sources wonky and surplus produce for a fair price from farms, delivers a weekly wonky fruit & veg box which is 30% cheaper than similar services to homes and offices, and donates up to 10% of it’s produce to food poverty charities.

 

 

planzheroes.org/

Plan Zheroes are a charity getting great surplus food to people who need it. They are a free food donation platform, where businesses can donate their surplus food to local charities. They also run several volunteer led market collections including London’s iconic Borough Market.

 

 

 

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