Charged with saving the Earth from natural disasters, war and reality television, miniature robot Barry is accidentally trapped behind a couch and challenged to escape with a discarded red lipstick as his only tool.
Barry may be no larger than a can of beans, but his powers are awesome. The trouble is he has been trapped down the back of the sofa for over fifty years unable to do the job he was built for. His creators have gone back to their own planet and without his control the Earth is gradually falling apart. Floods, droughts, wars and reality TV are only a few of the things that are threatening the whole of civilisation. With only a bright red lipstick to help him, can Barry emerge from the darkness and save the world before it is too late?
Since he started writing and illustrating children's books in 1990, Colin Thompson has had more than 60 books published. He has received several awards, including an Aurealis Award for the novel How to Live Forever and the CBC Picture Book of the Year in 2006 for The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley. He has been shortlisted for many other awards, including the Astrid Lindgren Award - the most prestigious children's literature prize in the world. Colin lives in Bellingen, Australia. His books with Random House Australia include How to Live Forever, numerous picture books, The Floods series, The Dragons series, The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness picture book, which was shortlisted for the 2009 Children s Book Council Award for Best Picture Book, and Free to a Good Home. Visit his website at-
"Barry came to save the world, but he s been stuck down the back of the couch"
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