The Birthday Solution – A Eugene’s Island Book

Join Eugene and his family in this children’s early chapter book series as they move to a wild and windy bird sanctuary in New Zealand.

Eugene arrives on the island on his birthday but nothing is working out as planned.

Can he find a way to make this birthday special and enjoy his new home?

Written by Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeod and illustrated by Anna McKessar

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Eugene’s Island is an early children’s chapter book fiction series where readers can experience with Eugene the problems, pitfalls and potential that lie in island life.

The books in the series are The Birthday Solution, The Christmas Visitors, The Pet Problem and The Art Project.

The series appeals to independent readers 5-7 years old as they begin to read chapter books. It’s also suitable for reading aloud to younger children or for classroom use. Similar in size and market to series by Sally Rippin, Yvette Poshoglian and Susannah McFarlane, Eugene’s Island is unique in offering a New Zealand setting and a gentle introduction to environmental concerns, all within simple, enjoyable tales.

A large portion of the language used in the writing is from the ‘basic sight word’ lists used in many New Zealand primary schools.


NZ Booklovers ~ “The book helps teach important life lessons like not always getting what we want in life, as well as resilience and patience. As the opening to this series, the premise is really exciting and engaging for young readers. It also provides a wealth of opportunity to share experiences, learnings and conservation techniques at a time when we need it most.” ~ “Eugene’s problem will resonate with young readers and they will love the way Eugene comes up with a solution to not only a problem that affects the whole family, but makes sure of his favourite birthday tea.”

Jessie Eyre, teacher ~ “Eugene is a relatable character that I know my students will love getting to know more. We can’t wait to read about his future adventures.”

Weng Wai Chan, award-winning children’s author ~ “I loved this story of how a boy adapts to his new surroundings with joy and ingenuity—so beautifully relatable, with a real New Zealand flavour!”

Fiona Pollock, teacher ~ “I loved this book about Eugene and his family. A nice message about the importance of family in a uniquely New Zealand setting. I look forward to reading about Eugene’s future adventures!”

Kiwi author Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeodElizabeth Kirkby-McLeod

Find out more about Waikato author Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeod on her author page.

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Dimensions20.3 × 12.7 cm

Paperback edition

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