Barry came to save the world, but he’s been stuck down the back of the couch
Barry may be no larger than a can of beans, but his powers are awesome. The trouble is he has been trapped down the back of the sofa for over fifty years unable to do the job he was built for.
His creators have gone back to their own planet and without his control the Earth is gradually falling apart. Floods, droughts, wars and reality TV are only a few of the things that are threatening the whole of civilisation.
With only a bright red lipstick to help him, can Barry emerge from the darkness and save the world before it is too late?
“Praise for THE BIG LITTLE BOOK OF HAPPY SADNESS”
“- 'Thompson has created a visuall y complex and multi-layed story, filled with the pathos of a child's journey from despair to joy. Thompson is unique in Australian picture-book creation and this book is simply wonderful. Very highly recommended for ages 4 to 8 years.' - MELBOURNE’S CHILD”
“- ‘. . . elegantly written. Some lines pull you up short with their openness and honesty and the illustrations communicate the feeling behind the story so well . . . This will touch lonely children deeply. And have them howling to visit the local pound.’ - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD”
“- ‘This is one of those perfect picture books . . . loaded with Thompson's signature style of illustrations that are capable of conveying warmth, desolation and simplicity all at once . . . remarkable storytelling with brilliantly evocative and emotive phrases and subtle humour. This book breathes 'atmosphere'. Thompson has created something very special here. Highly recommended.’ - BUZZ WORDS”