The Sad Little Fact (Hardcover)

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By Jonah Winter, Pete Oswald (Illustrator)
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The sad little fact is a blue fuzzy ball with big eyes and spindly arms and legs.  He speaks facts.  But very few listen to him.  Eventually the authorities grow so irritated with him that they throw him into a box and bury him—along with other colorful little facts.  The world turns dark from all of the lies being told.  However, there are fact seekers who search for these missing little facts, eventually find them and dig them up and release them into the blue sky and the sun, and the world is a brighter, safer place once more.  While some people still choose to ignore the facts, “for those with minds to think and a need to know the truth,” the facts cannot be denied.  A fact is a fact.  AND THAT’S A FACT!
This colorful, delightfully illustrated, children’s book by an award-winning author and an award-winning illustrator is fun to read (albeit a bit scary).  Children and adults can relate on various levels.  Is the message relevant?  Totally.  Subtle?  No.  Not a bit.  And maybe that’s what it takes in this world today.    


— Sandy


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.

About the Author

Jonah Winter has written more than thirty highly acclaimed books for children, including Elvis Is King, just published; The Secret Project, which received five starred reviews; Mickey Mantle: The Commerce Comet; Lillian's Right to Vote, which received four starred reviews; and You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?!, called "inspired" by the New York Times Book Review. Learn more at

Pete Oswald is the New York Times bestselling illustrator of The Good Egg, as well as The Bad Seed, which was an Amazon Best Children's Book of the Year in 2017 and an indie favorite. He has worked as a character designer, a concept artist, and an art director on many popular films including Madagascar 2, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Angry Birds. He has several picture books in the works, including The Good Egg, a sequel to The Bad Seed. .

Praise For…

Humorous and inviting . . . . A modern day parable on the importance of honesty in life.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780525581796
ISBN-10: 0525581790
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
Publication Date: May 7th, 2019
Pages: 40