EMWF Kids: The Barnabus Project

Tuesday September 1, 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST (online)

Presenter: Devin Fan

Ages: 5 to 9 (but pet lovers of all ages are welcome!)

In a world built for Perfect Pets, Barnabus is a Failed Project, half mouse, half elephant, kept out of sight until his dreams of freedom lead him and his misfit friends on a perilous adventure. 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.

Join Devin Fan for a reading, see secret files from the “Failed Projects”, and enjoy a drawing demonstration. A do-at-home activity will give readers a chance to win a copy of the book!

This event will include ASL interpretation. 


Watch the recording
Thank you to everyone who submitted questions for Devin at the event. Read his responses here.

At-home Activity!

Inspired by The Barnabus Project? Create your own creature! Send us a photo of your "perfect pet" when you're finished and you'll be entered in a draw for a copy of The Barnabus Project! Email entries to [email protected] before 5 p.m. on Monday September 14 for a chance to win. Please note: Photos submitted will be shared with Devin Fan, and may be posted on the EMWF's website and/or social media.

Download the activity.

The Barnabus Project
Written and illustrated by the Fan Brothers
Published by Tundra Books

A stunning picture book from international bestsellers The Fan Brothers, joined by their brother Devin Fan.

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.

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Devin Fan is an artist, poet and youth worker who has a passion for nature, adventures, and kung fu. The Barnabus Project is his first children’s book and marks the first time he has worked with his brothers Terry and Eric to write and illustrate a picture book together.

Want a copy of the book?
The Bookshelf (Guelph) is our bookselling partner for this event. If you would like to purchase a copy of the book from this event, you can order online at bookshelf.ca or phone 519-821-3311 x1. Free shipping or curbside delivery in Guelph. $10.00 shipping cost outside of Guelph.

Thank you to our supporters:
The Pollock Family Fund (Lead Funder, Children's Programming)
The Angel Gabriel Foundation, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Department of Canadian Heritage, Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation, League of Canadian Poets, The Ontario Arts Council, Open Book and Wellington County.