A fantastical story of two friends who venture to the limits of their imaginations
When two mischievous friends are told to go outside to play, the backyard becomes their setting for a frantic, thrilling adventure. As they role-play their way from becoming King and Queen of Pumpkins to embarking on a voyage to Mars, their vivid imaginations give them magical powers to venture forth and fight their enemies mercilessly. It's only when they’re abruptly brought back to the reality that they’ll find themselves truly in danger!
DRAWING ATTENTION: In 2021, DuBois’s On the Other Side of the Forest earned a Best Book of the Year from Kirkus and was named a New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Book.
IMPORTANCE OF ROLE-PLAYING: Imaginative play inspires children to explore different perspectives, which will encourage them to reread the book and explore new adventures.
SOCIETAL RELEVANCE: Focuses on educational and social themes, such as storytelling, creative collaboration, friendship, and staying active.
VISUALLY ENGAGING: DuBois’s classic and charming visual universe transports readers to another world that will captivate and delight.
Author, screenwriter, and columnist André Marois is the author of over 40 published titles, including picture books, novels for teens, and more. He is known for writing intriguing and grim stories, with a touch of caustic irony and unbridled imagination. Born in France but residing in Montréal since 1992, Marois is a recipient of the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Prix des Incorruptibles for children’s literature, and other noteworthy recognitions. Gérard DuBois studied graphic design in Paris then crossed the Atlantic to live in Montréal. Since then, he has worked as a freelance illustrator. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and
the Washington Post, and more than 20 illustrated books. DuBois has received the Hamilton King Award, four gold medals from the Society of Illustrators, a Bologna Ragazzi Award, and the 2021 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award for On the Other Side of the Forest.