Barry Loser: Total Winner! with Jim Smith

Celebrating Barry Loser’s 10th birthday, join award-winning Jim Smith, author and illustrator of the hilarious Barry Loser series, for an extra-keel hour of stories, belly laughs and burps.

Jim will teach you how to draw Barry and his mates. . . and you might even learn how to draw a poo!

Off-the-wall silliness in the 10th year of Barry Loser, just in-time for the FIRST graphic novel in the series: Barry Loser: Total Winner. How keel is that?!

‘The review of the 8-year-old boy in our house . . . “Can I keep it to give to a friend?” Best book recommendation you can get’ The Observer

Ages: 7+ 

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Welcome to my loserish life! Hi Loserfans! I’m Barry. Everyone thinks I’m a loser because of my name but I’m actually the keelest person that has ever lived. (‘Keel’ is what me and my friends say instead of ‘cool’, because we are so keel.) Some bloke called Jim Smith has written some books about me and the other losers I know, and they are officially the most completerly brilliant books ever in the world amen.