Chickpea Runs Away

Sarat Colling; Illustrated by Vicky Bowes

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  • Inspired by many real-life stories of runaway cows
  • Helps children to understand issues around farming and animal liberation
  • Warm-hearted story of a lovable cow who finds her true home

Charming story of a cow who runs away from her farm and finds new friends in the woods. A child-friendly picture book about animal liberation.

210 x 297 mm
Vegan Publishers
Picture Books;
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 3 to 6 years
40 pages
Publication date:
15 Aug 2019


Chickpea the cow lives in an overcrowded barn on a large farm. She watches as her friends and family are taken away to an uncertain fate.

One day, the farmer leads Chickpea and all the rest of the cows outdoors to a scary-looking truck, and Chickpea knows she shouldn’t go. Making a split-second decision, she leaps the fence and escapes into the woods. For the first time ever, Chickpea discovers the world outside the farm and, thanks to some delicious vegan pie, makes new friends who welcome her with loving hearts.

Chickpea's story is inspired by many real-life cases of runaway cows.


Sarat Colling is an author and activist who writes about animal resistance. Her master’s degree in sociology focused on the lives of farmed animals who escape captivity. She has published several books and articles about animals and social justice, including Chickpea Runs Away, her first children's book. As a longtime vegan, she values the lives and voices of all animals who, just like Chickpea, have a story to tell. Sarat lives on Hornby Island, BC, Canada.

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