Cloud Babies

What do you see when you look up at the clouds? Erin sees a world of creatures, from cheeky cats to roaring dragons. When Erin falls ill and has to stay in the hospital for a while, at first she finds solace in her cloud babies. And her friends in the children’s ward love them too! But after returning to school, where nobody seems to appreciate her magical friends, she starts ignoring them. Cloud babies aren’t for big kids, right?

As Erin splits her life between the hospital and school, she finds it hard to know where she can be herself and what being herself even means any more. But with the help of the people who care about her, Erin finds a way to bring her friends on the ground and her friends in the sky together.

Writer Eoin Colfer tackles a difficult subject with sensitivity, focusing on Erin’s internal struggle rather than her medical situation. Illustrator Chris Judge combines photography and illustration, contrasting the characters in their indoor worlds with the dreamy doodles in the clouds. His attention to detail, particularly when depicting those in the ward, demonstrates an attentive compassion. Having his own children contribute to the artwork is also a nice touch.

This book calls on the reader to offer companionship to children in hospitals and offers solidarity to those in the wards themselves, while reminding us that sometimes when we’re looking for magic all we need to do is look up.

About the Author
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Eoin Colfer is the author of the New York Times best-selling Artemis Fowl series, which was adapted into a major motion picture from the Walt Disney Studios. He also wrote the critically acclaimed WARP trilogy, and many other novels, chapter books, and picturebooks for young readers. Eoin was the third Laureate na nÓg, Ireland’s laureate for children’s literature, from 2014 – 2016. He lives with
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About the Illustrator
Headshot of Chris Judge
Chris Judge is an illustrator, artist, and children's picture book author from Dublin, Ireland. Since 2011 Chris has written and illustrated over 35 children's books, many of which are in collaboration with authors like Roddy Doyle, David O'Doherty and Eoin Colfer. His first book, The Lonely Beast won the Specsavers Irish Children's Book of the Year 2011 in the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards
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Book Cover - Cloud Babies
Publication Date
October 2022