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InvisiBill

by Maureen Fergus, illustrated by Dusan Petricic

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list price: $19.99
edition:Hardcover
published: July 2015
ISBN:9781770496132
publisher: Tundra
Description

Bill just wanted someone to pass him the potatoes.

     Unfortunately, no one even noticed--not his mother (a very busy woman with an important job), not his father (a very important man with a busy job), not his very intelligent older brother, not even his very athletic little sister.

     If someone had noticed, the wonderful, terrible thing that happened might never have happened.

     But it did.

     InvisiBill is the hilariously absurd, tongue-in-cheek story of an ordinary middle child who feels so overlooked by his busy, distracted family that he becomes invisible ... or InvisiBill!

About the Authors
Maureen Fergus is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults. Several of her books have been translated into other languages. She currently lives in Winnipeg with her husband, three kids, a dog, a hedgehog, and a Siamese fighting fish!
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Du?an Petricic was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, but loved to pretend that he grew up in Zemun, an old city located just across the river (and now a part of Belgrade). As a boy he did all the forbidden things that children do, but what Du?an loved most was to draw. He started drawing at age four and, encouraged by his parents, he never stopped. He found inspiration in everything, and drawing became a way to communicate with the people around him. Two books that were very important to his childhood were an old encyclopedia with lots of pictures and The Boys from PavelÕs Street by Ferenc Moln‡r. Early on, he was moved by the drawings found within the encyclopedia. As he grew older, he adored many artists, including Leonardo da Vinci, DŸrer, and Picasso. Du?an has been illustrating childrenÕs books for many years. He has received numerous honors and awards for his work, in North America and internationally, including an IBBY Certificate of Honour and an Alberta Book Award for On Tumbledown Hill (Red Deer Press). The Longitude Prize (FSG) was selected as a Robert F. Siebert Honor Book for a Distinguished Informative Book for Children in the US. His beautiful, evocative illustrations for Mattland (2009) by Hazel Hutchins and Gail Herbert garnered Du?an the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon IllustratorÕs Award from the Canadian Library Association as well as the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. His illustrations for Better Together (2011) by Sheryl and Simon Shapiro were described as ÒsublimeÓ by Kirkus Reviews. When it came time to reissue Robert MunschÕs Mud Puddle (2012), Du?an was AnnickÕs first choice to reillustrate the classic. The results are a fresh and energetic look that will delight a whole new generation of young Munsch fans. Du?anÕs latest book, The Man with the Violin (2013), was greeted with rave reviews, including starred reviews in Kirkus and uill & uire. Written by Kathy Stinson, this beautifully evocative picture book tells the true story of world-renowned violinist, Joshua Bell, who conducted an experiment by anonymously playing his priceless violin in the Washington D.C. subway station. Luckily for Du?an, his profession is his favorite hobby and he is happy when at work. To young artists he would give this advice: ÒThink, think, think, think, draw!Ó Du?an lives in Toronto where he is a regular contributor as an editorial cartoonist in the Toronto Star.
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Contributor Notes

Maureen Fergus writes books for young readers of all ages. Her picture books include And What If I Won't? and The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten. Maureen's writing has appeared in magazines such as Today's Parent, Chatelaine and Reader's Digest. Her novels include The Gypsy King trilogy, Exploits of a Reluctant (But Extremely Goodlooking) Hero, Recipe for Disaster and Ortega, which won the McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award. She lives in Winnipeg with her husband, their three kids, a fish, a dog and a hedgehog.

Duan Petricic was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and graduated from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Applied Arts and Design. His political cartoons and illustrations have regularly appeared in major newspapers and magazines in Europe and North America. As co-author and/or illustrator, he has created more than forty children's books and is the recipient of many prestigious international awards. While pursuing his own career as an artist, Duan has taken time to teach students illustration and animation.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
5 to 9
Grade:
k to 4
Awards
  • Long-listed, OLA Best Bets for Children's Fiction
  • Short-listed, McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award
  • , Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award
  • Short-listed, Shining Willow Award
  • , Rainforest of Reading Award
  • , Blue Spruce Award
Editorial Review

InvisiBill is a brilliant portrayal of the frustrations that come with feeling young and powerless in everyday scenarios. It’s less about wanting to feel necessarily special or unique, and more about the desire simply to be heard and valued as a person, regardless of age .... With shades of Judith Viorst’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and Robert Munsch’s Purple, Green and Yellow, InvisiBill is a book equal parts silly and humane.” - National Post

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