Franklin’s Flying Bookshop by Jen Campbell and Katie Harnett Review

Franklin's Flying BookshopFranklin’s Flying Bookshop by Jen Campbell & Katie Harnett (Illustrator)

Publisher: Thames And Hudson

Release Date: September 7, 2017

Pages: 32

Available Through The Book Depository: Franklin’s Flying Bookshop

Summary: Franklin the dragon loves stories and loves reading stories to people too, but everyone is too scared to even talk to him. One day, he meets a girl named Luna who, rather than being afraid, is fascinated to meet Franklin, having recently read all about dragons in one of her books. They instantly become friends and talk nonstop about what they’ve read: books about roller-skating, King Arthur, spiders, and how to do kung fu. Together they hatch a plan to share their love of books with others by opening a bookshop―a flying bookshop, that is―right on Franklin’s back!

My Rating: ★★★★☆

My Thoughts: Franklin’s Flying Bookshop is a delightful picture book that explores the wonder of books, stories, and the love of reading–while the style of illustration brings a whimsical feel to the story!

🐉 + 📚 + 🎨 = Franklin’s Flying Bookshop

Franklin’s Flying Bookshop is a book I’ve been meaning to read ever since it released last year, I mean–dragons, books, & bookshops?–Sign me up!

Well, now that winter break has started, I also felt a short picture book would get me back into reading!

There’s no other way to describe this book other than adorable! (´▽`ʃƪ) The book follows Franklin who’s a dragon that loves to read: from books about word fights, adventures in the open sea, to music & baking.

He even has a bookcase as his front door!

With his love of reading, he’s always eager to go into the local village and speak to people around town about all the wonderful books, but they’re scared of him!

That’s until he meets Luna who loves to read just as much as he does. Soon their talking about all the books they like to read and come up with a plan to share that with as many people as possible!

They hatch a plan to create: a flying bookshop!

Both of them head into town to introduce it to the villagers so they won’t be scared of Franklin anymore!

I loved Katie Harnett‘s art!, because it brings a comfort and whimsy to the story. The style of colors also bring a lot to the story!

While reading Franklin’s Flying Bookshop I also found this underlying message about how powerful reading can be in allowing you to learn new things, connect with others, and offer a sense of escapism from the everyday!

My only issue (which has me caught between 4 & 4.5 stars) is that the writing at times would jump between regular prose and rhymes–so it made the flow of dialogue and storytelling feel a bit off.

Franklin’s Flying Bookshop is a delightful picture book with lovely illustrations that introduces you to a kind-hearted dragon who loves reading!

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