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The Barnabus Project

Eric Fan Terry Fan Devin Fan

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Frances Lincoln Publisher
20 October 2020
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 doesnt want to be made into a fluffier pet with bigger eyes. He just wants to be himself. So he decides its 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.
By:   Eric Fan, Terry Fan, Devin Fan
Imprint:   Frances Lincoln Publisher
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 254mm, 
ISBN:   9780711249448
ISBN 10:   071124944X
Pages:   80
Publication Date:   20 October 2020
Recommended Age:   From 4 to 7 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

ERIC FAN is an artist and writer who lives in Toronto, Canada. Born in Hawaii and raised in Toronto, 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 children's books include The Night Gardener, The Antlered Ship and Ocean Meets Sky. See more of his work at society6.com/opifan64 and on Facebook (Eric Fan Illustration). TERRY FAN received his formal art training at Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada. 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. His children's books include The Night Gardener, The Antlered Ship and Ocean Meets Sky. Born in Illinois, he now lives in Toronto. Visit him online at krop.com/terryfan and society6.com/igo2cairo and on Facebook (Terry Fan Illustration).

Reviews for The Barnabus Project

In a world build for Perfect Pets, half-mouse half-elephant Barnabus is a Failed Project who dreams of freedom. Shaun Tan meets 'Toy Story', says the publisher. -- Fiona Noble * The Bookseller, October Previews * 'A stately, cathartic morality tale about freeing oneself from the tyranny of wanting to be perfect.' -- James Lovegrove * The Financial Times * This is a sumptuous picture book, in typical Fan brothers' style, which delivers powerful messages about identity, perserverence, and personal freedom. * The School Librarian *


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