Saying Goodbye to Barkley

By Exisle Publishing | Posted: Sunday March 3, 2019

For many children experiencing the loss of a much-loved pet is likely to be their first brush with grief. This touching picture book is a celebration of one of lifes most formative relationships and the kaleidoscope of emotions that giving your heart to a furry friend can bring.

Olivia and her dog Barkley are inseparable. He’s her sidekick, her partner in crime-fighting. When Barkley dies Olivia is heartbroken. Olivia realizes however that Barkley would want her to share her love with a new pet. She hatches a plan to adopt a dog in need of a home. So Spud — who is very different from Barkley — joins the family. Olivia learns that love comes in all shapes, sizes, and personalities. Spud might be a hopeless sidekick, but the niche she carves in Olivia’s heart will be entirely and uniquely her own.

RRP $24.99 PUBLISHED March 2019

Saying Goodbye to Barkley is available from and wherever great books are sold.


Devon Sillett is a writer and reviewer. Born in the US, Devon teaches writing in Canberra. Her previous EK titles are The Leaky Story and Scaredy Book.

Nicky Johnston is an educator and author/illustrator, with a strong focus on children’s emotional resilience and mental health awareness, Her previous titles with EK Books are Grandma Forgets, The Fix-It Man and At the End of Holyrood Lane.

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