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.
is the award-winning author of several novels and picture books for young people including Hurry Up, Henry and The Stamp Collector.
has been illustrating picture books and magazines for over 20 years. Her work includes The Pirate and the Penguin and Snowy Science, and her illustrations have been featured for many years in Chirp Magazine.
"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