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A classic story about joy from award-winning writer and illustrator Satoshi Kitamura, available for the first time as an Andersen paperback.

Ned is grumpy every day except for Friday – the day when his Joybaloo comes to visit him and make him laugh. Fridays are wonderful, but Ned soon wants to see the Joybaloo every day. The Joybaloo tells Ned he can't visit every day, or he will get used up, but Ned won't listen and persists until he gets his way. The Joybaloo gets smaller and less colourful and bouncy, until one day it disappears. After that Ned had no choice but to make his own joy, and it's not as hard as he thought it would be.


Satoshi Kitamura's spirited watercolours capture the fluid essence of Ned's fantasy.

The New York Times Book Review

This is a visually enchanting picture book with prose that will make you want to find your own joybaloo

The Bookseller

A neat story from Hiawyn Oram and amazing lively complexities in artwork by Satoshi Kitamura

The School Librarian

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    August 1, 2012


    32 pages

    RRP $18.99

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  • Ned And The Joybaloo
    Hiawyn Oram, Satoshi Kitamura



    August 2, 2012

    Andersen Digital

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