Life’s not much fun when you have to play alone!
One little boy’s imagination helps him to conjure up some playmates and transports him into a magical world of his own making. But the games never seem to last long enough.
Is there anything or anyone with a sense of adventure as strong as his?
Short-listed for Bisto 2002
A Premier of Queensland recommended read
‘Fitzpatrick’s luminous watercolors and just one to two sentences per page convey a thoughtful take on imagination, friendship and backyard adventure.’ Publishers Weekly
‘This charming story about the power of imagination and friendship opens with a young boy standing somewhat forlornly in his front yard…Lovely bright watercolors amplify this simple yet universal tale that is an excellent choice for storytimes. ‘ Rosalyn Pierini, School Library Journal
‘Fitzpatrick’s lovely, splashy watercolors add volumes of meaning to a simple text.’ Kathy Broderick, Booklist
‘Energy and imagination reign from the Irish author-illustrator of Lizzie and Skunk. . . . The soft, clean watercolors limn each transformation gently. . . . The landscape shimmers from backyard to moonlit forest to ocean and back again in a perfect sense of pretend.’ Kirkus
Publisher: Gullane UK, 2001
Co-editions: USA, Ireland, Germany, Australia, Denmark, Korea, Belgium, Holland
Here are some very early sketches and storyboards, and some finished roughs too.