ONLINE EVENT: Bedtime Story w/ Jamie Michalak - "Frank and Bean"

Event date: 
07/17/2020 - 7:00pm

Jamie Michalak, author of the Joe and Sparky series, joins us at bedtime to read her new picture book, Frank and Bean

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When the introspective Frank meets the gregarious Bean, can they find a way to make beautiful music together? Dry wit and hilarious illustrations introduce a new unlikely pair.

Frank likes peace and quiet. He likes his tent, his pencil, and writing in his secret notebook. Bean likes noise. He likes his bus, his trumpet — toot, toot! — and making music. Loud music. But Bean is missing something: he does not have words. What will happen if Frank shares his words with Bean? With a laugh-out-loud narrative by Jamie Michalak, author of the Joe and Sparky series, and Bob Kolar’s bright, graphic, comical illustrations, this fresh and funny story will go down easy for beginning readers and young listeners alike. 

"The Bert-and-Ernie-esque odd-couple pairing results in countless laugh-out-loud exchanges. Kolar's digitally rendered full-color illustrations take the jokes one step further, offering expressive physical cartoon comedy that's on a par with Michalak's clever wordsmithing ... Beanie weenies served just right for young campers." —Kirkus

"Kolar's (Trucker and Train) sleek, animation-style digital art and Michalak's (the Joe and Sparky series) highly performative dialogue build to a manic hilarity that makes these pals, as Bean might say, 'half cool and half amazing.'" —Publishers Weekly

"The humor is absurd, over-the-top, and laugh-out-loud funny. Mismatched friendships are a staple of early readers, but Bean's boundless cheerful energy, his habit of speaking in all caps, and the concept of anthropomorphic food set this book apart. Hand this to fans of silly, offbeat stories." —Booklist



Jamie Michalak is the author of FRANK AND BEAN and FRANK AND BEAN: FOOD TRUCK WAR (Candlewick Press, 2022), illustrated by Bob Kolar, as well as the highly praised JOE AND SPARKY early readers series, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz. She also wrote the forthcoming picture books DAKOTA CRUMB: TINY TREASURE HUNTER, illustrated by Kelly Murphy (Candlewick Press, 2021); NIKI NAKAYAMA: A CHEF’S TALE IN 13 BITES, co-written with Debbi Michiko Florence and illustrated by Yuko Kato-Jones (FSG, 2021); and COME ON IN: THERE’S A PARTY IN THIS BOOK, illustrated by Sabine Timm (HarperCollins, 2022). Jamie lives with her family in Barrington, Rhode Island. 


Frank and Bean Cover Image
By Jamie Michalak, Bob Kolar (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763695590
Availability: Title is currently out of stock
Published: Candlewick - October 8th, 2019

Event address: 
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