The Barnabus Project (Hardcover)
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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.
WINNER of the 2021 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Prize!
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