The Biscuit Maker

Illustrated by Liz Anelli

In Mavin Road, there’s no time for hellos or chats until a lonely and mysterious biscuit maker’s magic brings everyone together.

Benedict Stanley lives alone with his cat in Mavin Road where families hustle, joggers puff and workers scurry to the train, and no one has time for anyone else.

So Benedict begins making biscuits to mark moments in all their lives, leaving them secretly at their doors. People start talking. Who is this mysterious biscuit maker?

When Benedict falls ill, young Rory, the only person to know his secret, gathers the residents of Mavin Road and brings them to his door.

A beautiful heart-warming book that celebrates community and human connection.

Published by Walker Books Australia, 2020


Notable Book, CBCA Picture Book of the Year

“A delightful story that addresses loneliness in the elderly, community and awareness. A reminder that everyone needs someone, especially the aged; that hopefully, everyone is looking out for their neighbours.” 

Kids' Book Review

“This is an engaging story made even more appealing by the humorous illustrations, depicting both the locals and their houses…” 

Elizabeth Douglas

CBCA Reading Time

“…a beautiful tale of coming together, of neighbours, neighbourhood and friendship. The book exhorts us to reignite the spirit of cooperation between neighbours. “ Fran Knight ReadPlus

Fran Knight

Read Plus

The Cookie Maker of Mavin Road by Sue Lawson and Liz Anelli

Published by Candlewick Press, USA as The Cookie Maker of Mavin Road.