Ned is grumpy every day except for Friday - the day when his Joybaloo comes to visit him. All through the night they play the most wonderful games until it is time for the Joybaloo to go back to sleep. But one day the Joybaloo disappears and Ned has no choice but to learn how to make his own joy.
Gorgeous, whimsicle illustrations accompany a moving story that teaches children the importance of cultivating imagination and finding their own joy
Ned is grumpy every day except for Friday, —that is the day when his Joybaloo comes to visit him. The Joybaloo is a magical creature that breathes paper roses and opens up Ned's mind to all the wonderful adventures life has to offer him if he only uses his imagination. All through the night they play the most wonderful games—they use laughter to propel themselves up past the stars and into the Joybaloo's playgrounds, where they swim in warm, fast streams and explore in the long grasses for hours on end. Then, unfortunately, it's finally time for the Joybaloo to go back to sleep. They make a promise to meet again every Friday until forever. But one day the Joybaloo disappears and Ned has no choice but to learn how to make his own joy. Can he learn to be happy on his own?
Hiawyn Oram was brought up in South Africa. She was a professional actor before coming to England, where she has worked as an advertising copywriter and has had numerous books published.
Satoshi Kitamura was born in Tokyo and worked in advertising there before moving to London in 1980. He won the Mother Goose Award for Angry Arthur and he is now one of the most distinguished illustrators in Britain.
"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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