The Pet Problem – A Eugene’s Island Book

Eugene would love to have his pet dog Jupiter join him on the island, but Dad keeps saying no.

Can Eugene’s grandma bring Jupiter with her when she visits?

And if she does what will happen to the other animals on the island?

Join Eugene and his family in this beginner chapter book series set on a wild and windy bird sanctuary in New Zealand.

Written by Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeod and illustrated by Anna McKessar

$12.00 incl. GST

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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.


Read NZ ~ “Although aimed at emergent readers it still delivers real emotion and problems that readers will understand and identify with. Eugene is an admirable, likeable character, coming up with a solution to a problem and young readers will relate to his highs and lows.”

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.”

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 × 0.5 cm

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