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The Barnabus Project
By (author): Terry Fan By (author): Eric Fan By (author): Devin Fan
9780735263260 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 5 - 9, Grade (US) from K - 4 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Pets Sep 01, 2020
$23.99 CAD
Active 10.31 x 10.44 x 0.53 in | 1.47 lb 72 pages FULL COLOR THROUGHOUT Tundra Books
 
Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award 2020, Nominated Shining Willow Award 2021, Short-listed
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.

INTERNATIONAL HIT: Barnabus has already sold in six territories (North American French, world French, German, UK and Commonwealth English, Romanian, Russian), with more foreign rights sales to come!

TALENTED BROTHER TEAM! The Fan Brothers are renowned, award-winning author/illustrators whose work has been published in over a dozen countries, has received many accolades and has an excellent sales track.

BONUS FAN! This book marks the first time Eric and Terry have written and illustrated with their equally talented younger brother, Devin.

MISFITS UNITE: Barnabus and his friends are social outcasts who come together to find a place where they are accepted for who they are.

SUBTLE DIVERSITY: Barnabus is a half-elephant, half-mouse who feels pressured to act and look a certain way, and he triumphs over social expectation by being himself.

CINEMATIC FEEL: With its stunning cinematic imagery and pacing, The Barnabus Project unfolds like an animated film.

INCREDIBLE CHARACTERS: Barnabus and his friends are completely adorable, and readers will love poring over pages and picking their favorites.

CROSSOVER APPEAL: A rare picture book that works for readers of all ages and makes for a great family read: provocative worldbuilding, compelling characters, a sci-fi vibe and a sense of whimsy and magic.

HUMOR, HEART AND ACTION: This book has it all.

BEAUTIFUL GIFT BOOK: Amazing art, striking design, large trim and longer page count make Barnabus a perfect gift for book lovers, young readers, sci-fi buffs and dreamers of all ages.

PERFECTLY IMPERFECT: A story that powerfully celebrates imperfection.

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.

Author Residence: Toronto, Canada

Marketing: Publishers Weekly cover reveal 01/27/2020

Pre-publication deluxe mailing 02/28/2020

ALA Annual 2020 booth banner

Digital advertising

Dedicated single title e-blast

Booklist picture book webinar

Promo piece: deluxe art prints



Publicity: Early buzz campaign with animated gifs, trade advertising and major cover reveal

Major trade show takeover with photo opps, banners, and deluxe materials

Pitch major media features



Author Website: www.thefanbrothers.com/

Author Social Media: twitter.com/opifan64 / www.instagram.com/terryfanillustration/

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

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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