GIY’s Michael Kelly and Dig in Diner’s Muireann Ní Chíobháin join forces with award-winning illustrator Fatti Burke to launch a riotous, fully-illustrated kid’s allmanac guide to growing and cooking food through the year.

GIY’s Know-it-Allmanac is a month-by-month guide to growing, cooking and eating food. It focusses on seasonal foods for growing and eating and highlights each month’s significant dates, likely weather, along with ‘get crafty’ projects and garden to-do lists.

It also details the ‘Veg Hero’ of the month offering fun facts and trivia about the monthly veg hero. Plus details how to grow the monthly veg hero from sowing to growing and harvesting; along with an introduction to some of the basics of growing your own food. The is even a ‘ Not So Great Poetry Corner’ which features the narrators really bad poems!

Finally, the extra fun part, the ‘Eat’ section of the book shares details of vegetables, fruit and herbs that are in season in the garden and details some delicious recipes for the kitchen that children will love to get stuck into and enjoy what they have grown.

The Almanac is narrated by GIY’s mercurial Grower-in-Chief Monty Sheddington Potts, offering an incredibly funny and visually ground-breaking book that will fire up your child’s imagination and passion for growing and cooking food. It’s packed with veg characters, insightful and fun monthly projects that your children can do in the garden, and seasonal recipes to bring it all to life. A perfect companion guide for parents and teachers who want to connect their children to food.

Commenting on the new book, GIY Founder Michael Kelly says, “The Know-it-Allmanac is funny, colourful, tongue-in-cheek, slightly irreverent, bursting with fun characters, information, trivia and loads of food knowledge. Everywhere you look there’s more to learn, see and a fun gag. Making it really easy for any child to grow and cook it themselves, regardless of how much space they have. Kids of all ages will absolutely love it.”

The book was officially launched with the final of a challenge that GIY launched in September for primary schools across Ireland, as they set out a Food Growing knowledge challenge to find Ireland’s biggest ‘Know It All’. The finalist teams from Glór na Mara National School in Tramore County Waterford went up against the Our Lady of Victories Boys National School from Ballymun in Dublin. The two teams went head to head in a quick fire buzzer round challenge of questions of food and growing food and Brandon Gifford, Arman Alli, Shubham Shiralkar and Caden Cummins from Our Lady of Victories Boys National School from Ballymun in Dublin were awarded with the title – Ireland’s biggest ‘Know-it-All’! They have won a brand new garden for their school.

GIY’s Know-it-Allmanac is published by GIY. It is a 104 page hardback and is available in October from all good book shops along with the website and is priced at €25.00