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The Barnabus Project

by (author) Terry Fan, Eric Fan & Devin Fan

Publisher
Tundra
Initial publish date
Sep 2020
Category
Pets, Friendship, Survival Stories
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780735263260
    Publish Date
    Sep 2020
    List Price
    $23.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: k to 4

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 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.

 

Terry Fan's profile page

 

 

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.

 

Eric Fan's profile page

 

TERRY, ERIC ET DEVIN FAN ont grandi a' Toronto, ou' ils vivent et travaillent encore aujourd’hui. Depuis leur plus jeune a^ge, les trois fre'res collaborent a' la re´alisation de projets artistiques. Re´cipiendaires d’une bourse Sendak, se´lectionne´s pour une me´daille Kate Greenaway et un Prix litte´raire du Gouverneur ge´ne´ral, Terry et Eric sont les auteurs-illustrateurs des livres acclame´s Le jardinier de la nuit et Entre ciel et mer. Ils ont e´galement illustre´ des succe's comme Plus noir que la nuit de Chris Hadfield, Le bateau aux bois majestueux de Dashka Slater et L’e´pouvantail de Beth Ferry. Devin Fan est un artiste, poe'te et travailleur des services a' la jeunesse passionne´ de nature, d’aventures et de kung-fu. Le projet Barnabe´ est son premier livre pour enfants et constitue la premie're collaboration des trois fre'res a' l’e´criture et a' l’illustration d’un album.

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Devin Fan's profile page

Awards

  • Nominated, Red Clover Award
  • Short-listed, TD Canadian Children's Literature Award
  • Short-listed, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award
  • Winner, Governor General's Literary Awards - Children's Literature - Illustration
  • Short-listed, Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable - Sheila Barry Best Canadian Picturebook of the Year Award
  • Short-listed, Shining Willow Award
  • Short-listed, Florida Sunshine State Young Reader's Award
  • Nominated, Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award

Editorial Reviews

WINNER of the 2021 Governor General's Literary Award for Young People — Illustrated Text!
A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of the Year
One of Amazon.com’s Best of the Year Picks
One of Evanston Public Library's 101 Great Books for Kids 
One of Booklist's Editors Choice Books for Youth 2020
A CBC Books Bestseller
A Golden Duck Notable Picture Books List Pick
A 2021 Bank Street Book of the Year
PRAISE FOR The Barnabus Project:

“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
“In the Fan brothers’ hands, the result feels like a happy amalgam of Jules Verne, Maurice Sendak, the Moomins, and Monsters, Inc. —STARRED REVIEW, Quill & Quire
“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
"A funny and tender picture book. . . . visual surprises and pleasures abound in this cathartic delight for children." —Wall Street Journal
“When he and his imperfect friends decide to make a break for freedom, you’ll root for them every step of the way.” —Evanston Public Library
“The storyline is like blades ever-turning and a twist on a timeless tale which remains fresh.” —International Examiner

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