A New York Times bestselling author and the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of The Good Egg deliver a perfectly timed, funny read-aloud about the importance of telling the truth.
There once was a fact who could not lie.
But no one believed him.
When the Authorities lock the sad little fact away, along with other facts, the world goes dark. But facts are stubborn things. With the help of a few skillful fact finders, they make a daring escape and bring truth back to brighten the world. Because after all, "a fact is a fact" and that's that!
Truth be told, this spare, ingenious story reads like a modern-day parable. Bestselling author, Jonah Winter, and the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of The Good Egg, Pete Oswald, pair together to remind us of the importance of honesty and truth during a time of lies and fake news.
Winter (Elvis Is King!) and Oswald (The Bad Seed) imagine a fact as a small, mottled blue circle with big eyes and spindly arms and legs a vulnerable critter who is nonetheless certain and resolute about one thing: "A fact is a fact." The watercolor- textured digital drawings show how the "Authorities" dark, skinny, faceless figures with red gloves bury all the facts deep underground, then release "a bunch of lies" that resemble the facts and terrorize others (one group of these nonfacts can be seen carrying off a citizen and dog to an unknown fate). But a tenacious group of "fact finders," spades in hand, liberate the real facts ("The Earth revolves around the Sun!" one freed fact declares. "And people are causing the Earth to get warmer!" chimes in another), and while the deniers continue to ignore the authentic truths, the facts now know that they aren't alone there are those "with minds to think and a need to know." Is it biting commentary or agitprop? The phrase fake news is never mentioned, but the targets couldn't be clearer. Ages 3 7.