written and illustrated by Pierre Collet-Derby

2019 Blue Spruce Award Winner

Meet Barnaby, an unforgettable bunny (with a few blind spots)!

Barnaby has a very good memory. He remembers to brush his teeth and feed his grasshoppers, and he

always, always remembers when it’s ice-cream night. So how can someone with such a good memory forget something so important? As Barnaby soon finds out, sometimes the thing that’s slipped your mind is right under your nose (or right above it). Lovable, scatterbrained Barnaby will win the hearts of adults and kids alike in Pierre Collet-Derby’s funny and familiar tale of remembering what you’ve forgotten — and learning to laugh at yourself.

July 2017
Candlewick Press
32 pages

ISBN 9780763688530

Ages 5 to 8 (K-3)

“Collet-Derby's infectious ode to being scatterbrained gets a lot of mileage out of his irrepressible protagonist, who shifts from gape-jawed horror to giddy beaming at the drop of a hat. Primary colors fill in artfully sketchy outlines, mostly in small scalethough the two-page spread of a horde of raccoons feasting on trash Barnaby left out is a joy.


“A recommended, silly read-aloud for the classroom, storytime, or one-on-one sharing.”

—School Library Journal

“The intended audience will embrace the delightful humour of Barnaby Never Forgets, and its large font and generously-sized illustrations make it a perfect book for read-aloud sharing with small groups of children.”

—CM: Canadian Review of materials

“Here's a book in which even very young children can pick up on the humour, reading pictures in hilarious contrast to the confident assertions of a sometimes mistaken Barnaby rabbit.[...] Robust humour comes through loud and clear in Collet-Derby's energetic lines and buoyant, even boisterous, text. And he offers the ultimate fantasy ending—for those who look forward to going to school and those who don't.
The Toronto Star

“The exuberant and whimsical artwork is perfect for young readers. There is so much to see, and those details are sure to lead to a pause for discussion. You absolutely must pay attention to the final two spreads. Your listeners will find them hilarious!”
Sal's Fiction Addiction

“Collet-Derby's illustrations of his forgetful little bunny boy are empathic, charming, and lovable, a great read aloud to break the ice and relax the tension after that hectic scurry to school. More Barnaby, please!”
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