From the creators of the bestselling Franklin’s Flying Bookshop comes another charming tale about book lovers Franklin and Luna.
It’s Franklin’s birthday! Luna and all the villagers are planning a surprise party, and Franklin’s family are visiting from the moon. While the party is being set up, Luna takes Franklin book shopping. They find a padlocked book of fairy tales, which the bookseller tells them is full of dangerous magic. Luna’s tortoise, Neil, can’t help picking the lock… but when he peers inside, the book swallows him whole. Franklin and Luna dive into the book to rescue Neil. They tumble into cobwebbed forests and meet dusty fairy-tale characters who have been trapped inside these pages for hundreds of years.
After several encounters and some narrow escapes, they finally find Neil – who has won a gold medal after racing a hare – and, all together, they break out of the book and into the real world. Exhausted but victorious, all the fairy-tale characters, Franklin, Luna and Neil arrive at Franklin’s birthday party. They’re not sure it’s a happily ever after, but they’re certainly very full of cake… and that will more than do for now.
Publication Date: September 2019.
Dimensions: 28.2 x 29.1cm.
Jen Campbell is the Sunday Times bestselling author of the Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops series, which was a finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards. Her latest non-fiction book, The Bookshop Book, was the official book of the ‘Books Are My Bag’ campaign. She’s also an award-winning poet and short story writer.
Katie Harnett is a sought-after British illustrator with an MA in Children’s Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art. She won the 2015 Ars in Fabula Award and is the author of Archie Snufflekins Oliver Valentine Cupcake Tiberius Cat.