The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley
By: Colin Thompson & Amy Lissiat
Human beings live for quite a long time and for a lot of that time we are not happy. We want to be taller, shorter, fatter, thinner, older and younger. We want our straight hair to be curly, our curly hair to be straight and our brown eyes to be blue. We hate our parents, children, teachers, students and everybody. We want to be somewhere else with someone else, eating something else and wearing something fantastic no one else can afford, and we want to splash them as we drive by in our big red car.
Rats live for quite a short time and for most of that time they are very, very, very happy...
The Short and Incredibly Happy life of Riley was CBCA Picture Book of the Year in 2006.