Cracker Jim books
Cracker Jim and Flossie

Welcome to the Wonderful... Amazing... Fun... world of Jim, Flossie and the Farmbike

Cracker Jim and Flossie
Jim Henderson

Welcome to the wonderful world of Cracker Jim, Flossie, the Farmbike and other colourful characters from the farm.

The Cracker Jim book series is the brainchild of author, Jim Henderson. These wholesome, humorous young children's books are drawn from real life stories. Jim farmed in New Zealand for many years and his aim is to produce books that not only entertain but educate about rural life in New Zealand.

Jim also has a passion to help and encourage aspiring writers.

The Original Flossie
Cracker Jim books

Cracker Jim Henderson

Jim Henderson farmed organically for 17 years at Whangaehu, south of Wanganui. Living beside the river there he sometimes experienced floods such as the one described in the book.

Jim has always tried to think creatively and inventively but does not really see himself as a children’s author. When trying to write “Flossie and the Flood” and experiencing difficulties he said a prayer, “Lord please help me write a book,” and within two hours basically the book was written.

He believes that there is a whole farming culture beyond the 50 km zone which is interesting, fun and also educative which needs to be communicated to our present generation of children.

Reading Cracker Jim Books

Jim’s aim is to continue producing more products including stories in the Flossie series and develop the characters having lots of fun doing it.

Our site is full of fun videos, photos, stories and much more fo you to enjoy.

Check out the colouring pictures page, where you can print and colour in your very own Cracker Jim pictures.

Writing Books with Cracker Jim

Jim would love to hear from you – so check out the Contact page for details of how you can get in touch.

Enjoy the Cracker Jim Website!!

Tiffany as Cracker Jim

Here is a picture of a satisfied customer (Tiffany) who has dressed up as Cracker Jim 3 times at school and won a prize!!

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Flossie and the Burglars Apple Book
ONLY $1.99

A New Zealand farming adventure as Flossie the farm dog assisted by Bertie the bull prevent burglars from stealing Farmer Cracker Jim’s quad bike.

Colourfully illustrated, this rhyming picture book has action video slots on each page which add drama to the story.

Two pages contain bright and catchy video songs.

Phil Simmonds

Meet our Illustrator

Phill Simmonds

Phill Simmonds is a multi-media artist living on the Kāpiti Coast. Phill has illustrated a number of our Cracker Jim books.

His company Simmonds Brothers Animation Limited ( has created several award-winning short animated films as well as countless cartoon illustrations over a number of years.