It Could Be Worse

By Einat Tsarfati
Illustrated by Einat Tsarfati

Could it get any worse? Two shipwrecked sailors have different views of an absurd series of dilemmas in a wry, visually lavish tale for pessimists and optimists alike.

As a pair of shipwrecked sailors float on what’s left of their ship, Albertini is none too happy. The rain, he observes, is unfair enough. Then the flying fish appear overhead—the ones with the sick stomachs. And the singing mermaids, leaving infernal earworms in their wake. There’s the ghost ship full of pirates and the ark teeming with ravenous beasts. But no matter how bad the situation seems, George, cheerfully playing his harmonica, reminds his friend it could always be worse. Ahhhh! But hang on . . . is that a giant whale with an overpowering case of tuna breath? Delightfully detailed illustrations add visual comedy to a meditation on tough times that shows that even the worst days can turn around—especially with friends.

  • Einat Tsarfati brings her signature wit and highly-detailed art to this clever picture book, reminiscent of Remy Charlip's classic Fortunately, which uses page turns to build suspense regarding how things really could be worse
  • The extraordinary detail in Einat Tsarfati's art wins universal praise. Booklist said of Sandcastle, her first book on the Candlewick list, that "every page is an utter delight," while the Wall Street Journal said "[Tsarfati's] illustrations are full of witty oddments that tempt the eye to linger," and Kirkus said "Delightfully fanciful with copious funny details to pore over."
  • The funny pair of shipwrecked sailors in this story, with their opposite responses to their circumstances—one gloomy and complaining and one cheerful and accepting—make memorable characters with series potential

About the author

Einat Tsarfati is an Israeli author and illustrator, most recently Sandcastle and The Neighbors. She graduated with honors from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Einat Tsarfati lives in Israel.

ISBN: 9781529502442
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: August 4, 2021
Dimensions: 209 x 297mm, 40pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $27.99
New Zealand RRP: $29.99
Stock Level: In Stock

Last updated on 09/08/21 at 07:45:42
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