The Barnabus Project

Tundra. Sept. 2020. 72p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780735263260..
K-Gr 3–This quirky epic only lacks Spielberg directing to fulfill its cinematic wingspan—and perhaps it will get it. In ingeniously imaginative illustrations, the story unfolds: Barnabus has been labeled a failed project because he is half-mouse, half-elephant with beady eyes and a non-fluffy body. The green rubber suits want him to live his whole life under a small glass dome in a secret basement lab with the other less-than-perfect pets. But when Barnabus learns he could lose his friends, his dreams, and his taste for his favorite foods (cheese and peanuts) because he’s about to be “recycled,” he decides to escape. This endearing picture book, with graphite and digital illustrations, will rouse justice-minded children to action with its reminders of the important things in life. The three Fan brothers have created new characters who overcome seemingly impossible odds by being resilient, using teamwork, and not leaving anyone behind.
VERDICT A fun tale with a big heart, for all ages and all collections.

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