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publisher: Tundra

The Barnabus Project

by Terry Fan; Eric Fan & Devin Fan

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pets, survival stories, friendship
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list price: $23.99
edition:Hardcover
published: Sep 2020
ISBN:9780735263260
publisher: Tundra
Description

In a world built for Perfect Pets, Barnabus is a Failed Project, half mouse, half elephant, kept out of sight until his dreams of freedom lead him and his misfit friends on a perilous adventure. A stunning picture book from international bestsellers The Fan Brothers, joined by their brother Devin Fan.

Deep underground beneath Perfect Pets, where children can buy genetically engineered "perfect" creatures, there is a secret lab. Barnabus and his friends live in this lab, but none of them is perfect. They are all Failed Projects. Barnabus has never been outside his tiny bell jar, yet he dreams of one day seeing the world above ground that his pal Pip the cockroach has told him about: a world with green hills and trees, and buildings that reach all the way to the sky, lit with their own stars. But Barnabus may have to reach the outside world sooner than he thought, because the Green Rubber Suits are about to recycle all Failed Projects . . . and Barnabus doesn't want to be made into a fluffier pet with bigger eyes. He just wants to be himself. So he decides it's time for he and the others to escape. With his little trunk and a lot of cooperation and courage, Barnabus sets out to find freedom -- and a place where he and his friends can finally be accepted for who they are.

This suspenseful, poignant and magical story about following your dreams and finding where you truly belong will draw readers into a surreal, lushly detailed world in which perfection really means being true to yourself and your friends.

About the Authors

Terry Fan

Terry et Eric Fan aussi connus sous le nom The Fan Brothers (frères Fan),ont étudié les arts à l'Ontario College of Art and Design, à Toronto. Ils utilisent des techniques traditionnelles et numériques pour réaliser leurs illustrations. Le jardinier de la nuit, leur premier album illustré, a été acclamé par la critique.

Terry Fan received his formal art training at Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. His work is a blend of traditional and contemporary techniques, using ink or graphite mixed with digital. He spends his days (and nights) creating magical paintings, portraits, and prints. Together with his brother Eric, he wrote and illustrated the critically-acclaimed picture book, Le jardinier de la nuit.

Eric Fan is an artist and writer who lives in Toronto, Canada. He attended the Ontario College of Art and Design where he studied illustration, sculpture, and film. He has a passion for vintage bikes, clockwork contraptions, and impossible dreams. His widely-praised debut picture book, Le jardinier de la nuit, was a collaboration with his brother Terry.

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Eric Fan

Terry et Eric Fan aussi connus sous le nom The Fan Brothers (frères Fan),ont étudié les arts à l'Ontario College of Art and Design, à Toronto. Ils utilisent des techniques traditionnelles et numériques pour réaliser leurs illustrations. Le jardinier de la nuit, leur premier album illustré, a été acclamé par la critique.

Eric Fan is an artist and writer who lives in Toronto, Canada. He attended the Ontario College of Art and Design where he studied illustration, sculpture, and film. He has a passion for vintage bikes, clockwork contraptions, and impossible dreams. His widely-praised debut picture book, Le jardinier de la nuit, was a collaboration with his brother Terry.

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Devin Fan

Terry et Eric Fan aussi connus sous le nom The Fan Brothers (frères Fan),ont étudié les arts à l'Ontario College of Art and Design, à Toronto. Ils utilisent des techniques traditionnelles et numériques pour réaliser leurs illustrations. Le jardinier de la nuit, leur premier album illustré, a été acclamé par la critique.

Eric Fan is an artist and writer who lives in Toronto, Canada. He attended the Ontario College of Art and Design where he studied illustration, sculpture, and film. He has a passion for vintage bikes, clockwork contraptions, and impossible dreams. His widely-praised debut picture book, Le jardinier de la nuit, was a collaboration with his brother Terry.

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Contributor Notes

TERRY, ERIC and DEVIN FAN grew up in Toronto, where they continue to live and work. Since a young age, the three brothers have collaborated on creative projects, including artwork, picture book manuscripts and even screenwriting. Recipients of the prestigious Sendak Fellowship as well as Kate Greenaway Medal nominees and Governor General's Literary Award nominees, Terry and Eric are the author/illustrators of the critically acclaimed books The Night Gardener and Ocean Meet Sky, and the illustrators of the bestselling Chris Hadfield-penned picture book The Darkest Dark, Dashka Slater's The Antlered Ship and Beth Ferry's The Scarecrow. Devin Fan is an artist, poet and youth worker who has a passion for nature, adventures and kung fu. The Barnabus Project is his first children's book and marks the first time all three brothers have written and illustrated a picture book together.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
5 to 9
Grade:
k to 4
Editorial Review

“A heartfelt, timely allegory celebrating diversity, bravery, and solidarity.” --STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews
"[A]n ambitious drama of rebellion, escape, and inclusivity rewarded." --STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly
“The text and illustrations mesh wonderfully to convey the drama of the escape and the critical roles teamwork and friendship play in the animals’ success.” --STARRED REVIEW, Booklist
“A fun tale with a big heart, for all ages and all collections.” --STARRED REVIEW, School Library Journal
“The story’s exploration of his longing to be free paired with the book’s always timely message of acceptance gives The Barnabus Project mass appeal and a timeless quality.” --BookPage
"Young children will delight in the colourful illustrations while older readers will admire Barnabus for his courage and virtue. The Barnabus Project is a book with wide appeal. It is sure to be a hit." --CM Reviews
“An adventure to rival all picture-book adventures.” --Shelf Awareness

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