Franklin’s Flying Bookshop

Ages: 3 and upPublisher: Thames & Hudson Inc Author: Jen CampbellIllustrator: Katie Harnett


In this whimsical picture book, illustrated by Katie Harnett in delightful fairy tale-style, author Jen Campbell celebrates the worlds to be found between a book’s covers and the joy of sharing those worlds with others. Her protagonist is Franklin, a gentle giant of a dragon who reads aloud to the bats and mice in his cozy, book-filled cave about “King Arthur and roller skating, about electricity and baking, spiders and ballet ? .” But when Franklin tries to find humans to read to among the nearby village- and farm-dwellers, they make themselves scarce. The dragon’s chance encounter with a book-loving little girl named Luna leads to conversations about the stories they’ve read—about fruit bats, acrobats, pirates, ant eaters, “flower arranging and carol singing”—and to Luna’s suggestion that they rig up an inviting bookshop on Franklin’s back, with a cozy couch and shelves lit by fireflies. With a little persuasion, intrigued villagers hop aboard and Franklin takes flight to read to his new friends by the light of the moon.

Lynne Heffley ©2018 Parents’ Choice

A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.

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