Simon And The Sad Salad

Simon And The Sad Salad

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Ethicool’s picture books for children aged 0-6yrs tackle the world’s big issues, inspiring kids to create positive change. Printed using recycled or sustainably-sourced papers and soy-based inks, they have been lovingly created to make story time not only special, but meaningful. Ethicool creates classic, heart-warming stories that contain the messages, inspiration and calls to action to inspire, ignite and amplify the young voices of the next generation, empowering them help change the world.


oin Simon and his class as they celebrate at their annual class party. Everyone brings something delicious and extravagant to the party, but not Simon. His classmate heads off on a noble journey to discover why and what she finds changes how she behaves, once and for all. 

Simon and the Sad Salad is a touching story about bullying, disadvantage and what we can all do to help those less fortunate than ourselves. This evocative and moving book encourages empathy, understanding, sharing and above all, caring in all those who read it. Simon and the Sad Salad serves as a beautiful reminder that we never know someone’s situation and highlights the challenges that some children face at school. An essential kids’ book in a world where inequality is everywhere we look.

Written by Teigan Margetts and illustrated by Alvin Mulyono


Themes: Bullying, Disadvantage, Poverty, Friendship

An excerpt from the story

It's nearly the end of the school year, and that means it's time for a class party! Class parties are the best! Everyone brings lots of food, and eats and eats and eats.

One girl in the class, Asha, is bringing sushi to the class party. Another boy, Arjun, is bringing samosas. And Charlotte, the class captain, is bringing cupcakes with everyone's names on them.

But one boy, Simon, can't bring very much at all. He's bringing salad. But it isn't just any salad, it's a very sad looking salad, indeed...