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Children's Fiction Friendship

By the Time You Read This...

by (author) Jennifer Lanthier

illustrated by Patricia Storms

Clockwise Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2017
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2017
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3


Oscar is penning the ultimate break-up letter to his former Partner in Adventure and now Sworn Mortal Enemy. No more Time Travel Tower of Ultimate Power. Or Precarious Portal for Intrepid Explorers. Is their friendship doomed to destruction along with the world of imagination that the two have built together?
Set in an inner-city apartment complex and filled with humour, By the Time You Read This is a story that acknowledges the emotional rollercoaster that defines some childhood friendships and the importance of empathy and forgiveness in keeping those friendships strong.

About the authors

Jennifer Lanthier is a former wire service and newspaper reporter, speechwriter, magazine freelancer, and editor. She has interviewed actors, politicians, directors, musicians, scientists, athletes and CEOs and shared their stories with readers around the world. Jennifer is the author of the acclaimed Hazel Frump series adventure novels for children: The Mystery Of The Martello Tower and The Legend Of The Lost Jewels. She lives in Toronto with her family and enjoys basketball, taekwondo, and running, but regrets the fact that she cannot read music, play an instrument, or whistle. The Stamp Collector is Jennifer's first picture book.

Jennifer Lanthier's profile page


Patricia Storms est une auteure-illustratrice de livres pour enfants reconnue. Elle a reçu de nombreuses récompenses. Elle a notamment illustré Les 13 fantômes de l’Halloween et Le labo sous zéro. Patricia vit à Toronto.


Patricia Storms is a Toronto-based illustrator who has created editorial illustrations, greeting cards, and comic strips. Most recently, she has illustrated 13 Ghosts of Halloween (Les 13 fantômes de l'Halloween) and Snowy Science (Le labo sous zéro). She has worked on magazine covers for Chirp and the science-based magazine for kids, Know.


Patricia Storms' profile page

Editorial Reviews

"There is lots to talk over after reading this book, although a few parents and teachers may take exception to the tone of simmering resentment (and the label on one of the zoo cages identifying its fluffy purple contents as a "farting fur-tail"). But experienced illustrator Storms (The Pirate and the Penguin, Chirp Magazine) imbues Oscar with some real baseboard-kicking, toy-throwing anger which is then happily defused with a few kind words. A lot of white space in the pictures sets off the human figures and emphasizes the emotion.
CM Magazine

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