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 weekly beauty contest, he immediately enters to show that there’s nothing wrong with being different.

But first, Tap must face the fearsome tests of the small but mighty Blueberry Queen.

Even if he wins the acceptance of the Queen, can Tap convince them all that wonky can be perfect too?


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.

Packed with rollicking rhyme and bursting with colourful illustration, Newmany celebrates the gift of being different, with the message to never judge by appearance.

Included with the story is a fact-learning section about the fruit and veg we eat. Great for knowledge lovers!

With key issues such as sustainability and self-confidence promoted throughout the book in a fun and engaging way, ‘The Perfectly Wonky Carrot’ will entertain and educate, teaching us important life lessons while supporting the consumption of wonky fruit and veg and the food waste revolution.



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 –

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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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