When I'm Not Looking

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Written and Illustrated by Farren Phillips

An interactive detective story with fun fill-in-the-blanks and laugh-out-loud details.

Legs loves her pet duck. But Legs isn’t quite sure what her duck gets up to when she’s not looking. Her duck may want Legs to think that she is just sitting around a pond eating bread all day, but Legs knows better than that! She is certain that her duck is more likely dressing like a knight and fighting dragons, starting an army of ducks, building a rocket, and even trying on Leg’s best pants.

Young readers will love joining Legs on her quest to solve the mystery. Using their creativity, imagination, and detective skills, they can help Legs find the truth about what her duck does when she’s not looking.

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  • Format: Jacketed Hardcover
  • Pages: 32
  • Size: 8.1 X 10.6
  • Price: $15.99
  • Age Range: 4-8 years
  • Publication Date: 05/18/2021
  • ISBN: 978-1-953458-07-0


“Fill-in-the-blank spaces invite readers to offer their own hypotheses, and occasional seek-and-find prompts encourage further reader involvement … How much fun it is to be over-the-top silly in the name of science.” Publishers Weekly.

“This book is so ludicrous, so unique, and so enjoyable.” –Merricat. 

What to Expect:

  • Families Love Pets: This exuberant story of finding out what the pet is up to is perfect for pet lovers.
  • Creative Interaction: Shows playful interaction of readers’ help and imagination, and demonstrates that stories can be found all around us.
  • Detective Theme with Humorous Twist: Delights mystery lovers and brings out the inner detective in young readers with its search-and-find element and bright illustrations.
  • Alternate Hidden Plot Line: Curious readers will love finding the secret elements in the background of the pages which reveal a hilarious secret second story within the spreads, starring our character’s mischievous pet cat.
  • Irresistible Artwork: Observant readers will be delighted to spot the fun and charming details and explore every corner of the surroundings.
  • Thinking Like A Philosopher: This book is a good tool for parents and teachers to get children thinking outside of the box about the world and what is happening beyond their bubble.

Author Bio

Farren is an Author/Illustrator from the UK with a passion for making people both laugh and think. After graduating with her MA from Cambridge School of Arts she has gone on to publish picture books around the world.
From a caterpillar having an existential crisis to Schrödinger’s duck, her stories always bring laughs to storytime as well as introducing children to the world of philosophy and ethics. Farren’s biggest dream is to create stories so entertaining and wacky that they stay with the readers long into adulthood. Visit her online at

Book Trailer:

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Age Range

3-8 years