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Terry Fan

Author of The Night Gardener

8+ Works 1,560 Members 73 Reviews

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Image credit: Terry Fan / photo credit Eric Fan

Works by Terry Fan

The Night Gardener (2016) 611 copies, 30 reviews
Ocean Meets Sky (2018) 342 copies, 21 reviews
It Fell from the Sky (2021) 310 copies, 6 reviews
The Barnabus Project (2020) 186 copies, 12 reviews
Lizzy and the Cloud (2022) 105 copies, 3 reviews
La Merveille (2022) 3 copies
Barnaby Unboxed! (2024) 2 copies
Project Barnabus (2022) 1 copy, 1 review

Associated Works

The Thing about Jellyfish (2015) — Illustrator, some editions — 1,428 copies, 69 reviews
Rooftoppers (2012) — Illustrator, some editions — 729 copies, 35 reviews
The Darkest Dark (2016) — Illustrator — 411 copies, 34 reviews
The Scarecrow (2019) — Illustrator — 303 copies, 7 reviews
A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader (2018) — Illustrator — 239 copies, 4 reviews
The Antlered Ship (2017) — Illustrator — 231 copies, 7 reviews
The Lifters (2018) — Cover artist, some editions — 203 copies, 8 reviews
Poiesis Review #6 (2013) — Illustrator — 1 copy

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A beautifully illustrated fantasy/dream story of a boy searching for his grandfather where the ocean meets the sky. The end pages are illustrations of clouds, the cover of the book itself is dark blue with copper illustrations of fish and sailing ships. Luscious. This is the sort of book I look for when I buy books for children. Something to ignite their imagination and give them wonder.
 
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MrsLee | 20 other reviews | May 23, 2024 |
The text and illustrations carry the reader away into a fantasy world and suspenseful story that celebrates uniqueness and freedom. Barnabus lives in a bell jar deep in a lab with other “failed” perfect pet projects. Barnabus wonders about the world outside his jar and once he realizes he may be “recycled” into a perfect pet, he worries about losing his uniqueness and just wants to be himself. So, he decides it's time for an escape. With his little trunk and help from others, Barnabus and the “failed” pets set out to find freedom where they are accepted for who they are.

While some reviews suggested this book was too dark, I found the illustrations to compliment the surreal/fantasy feel of the setting. Give children some credit, not all readers may understand the message with one read, but this is a book is to be read again and again.
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AnnesLibrary | 11 other reviews | Jan 28, 2024 |
I thought this sweet and whimsical picture book offers an interesting perspective -- to look at an everyday object from a bug's point of view. Another review noted that most of the bugs are male except the ladybug and luna moth - I noted that as well while reading. I am also not sure about the anti-capitalist message (with the greedy spider) thrown in, but I did enjoy the introduction of "new" objects to the story. The illustrations are great - I enjoyed the use of color versus black & white illustrations.… (more)
 
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AnnesLibrary | 5 other reviews | Jan 28, 2024 |
A story that teaches the meaning of the old adage, "If you love someone, let them go." A little girl buys a sort of pet cloud. She takes good care of the cloud and it outgrows her bedroom. Instead of keeping it cooped up and unhappy, she releases it into the big sky.
 
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LibrarianDest | 2 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |

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Works
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Rating
4.2
Reviews
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ISBNs
49
Languages
6

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