Ned and the Joybaloo by Hiawyn Oram

Ned and the Joybaloo

Written by Hiawyn Oram
Illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura

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Grumpy Ned is only happy on Fridays when he can get the Joybaloo to come out from under the bed and play with him. Together, the two have wonderful, magical and fantastical adventures that last the whole night long. Can Ned learn to be happy without his special friend? The answer is a resounding yes in this gloriously inventive and thought provoking story.


Ned and the Joybaloo by Hiawyn Oram

Ned is grumpy every day except for Friday - the day when his Joybaloo comes to visit him. But one day the Joybaloo disappears and Ned has no choice but to learn how to make his own joy.

Illustrator Satoshi Kitamura has won the Smarties Silver Award, the Mother Goose Award and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award 2010. Click here to find out more about him.


'Kitamura is one of the world's most original and stylish children's illustrators' - Sunday Times

'Satoshi Kitamura's spirited watercolours capture the fluid essence of Ned's fantasy.'
- The New York Times Book Review

'Few artists are able to bring the creative force of imagination to life with such verve
and vim as Satoshi Kitamura.’ - The Bookseller

About the Author

Hiawyn Oram

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.

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Book Info


32 pages
Interest Age: To 5


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

7th June 2012




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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