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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-sk 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! Franklin, a well-read and peace-loving dragon, and Luna, a young girl with an independent spirit and an insatiable love of reading, make fantastic role models for young children. Franklin’s Flying Bookshop brings the magic of classic fairy tales into the twenty-first century through exquisite illustrations, and will enchant children as well as anyone who loves books.


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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-sk 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! Franklin, a well-read and peace-loving dragon, and Luna, a young girl with an independent spirit and an insatiable love of reading, make fantastic role models for young children. Franklin’s Flying Bookshop brings the magic of classic fairy tales into the twenty-first century through exquisite illustrations, and will enchant children as well as anyone who loves books.

30 review for Franklin's Flying Bookshop

  1. 5 out of 5

    Portal in the Pages

    I caved. I read it immediately. Please buy this for yourself and for smaller humans who don't yet have money.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    Love, love, loved this. Franklin's Flying Bookshop tells of a dragon (Franklin) who loves books and reading to people but sadly people don't often love him. That is until he meets a young girl called Luna and the best bookish friendship begins... Adorable story from Jen Campbell stunningly illustrated by Katie Harnett. I've already re-read it twice, once to my beloved who also loved it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Russell

    My 8 year old nephew read this to me tonight. At the end he said "Can we read it again tomorrow?" Enough said. The art is amazing!! ‪My 8 year old nephew read this to me tonight. At the end he said "Can we read it again tomorrow?" Enough said. The art is amazing!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    David Schaafsma

    Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #20 (and the last of 20!) of 2017. Tara: (2 stars). It didn't rhyme and then did and then once in a while. It had cadence and then it didn't. I didn't like that. Harry (13): (2.5 stars). I didn't really get it, but I liked the art. Hank (11): (5 stars). Cool! Liked almost everything about it! Lyra (10): (5 stars). Humans Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #20 (and the last of 20!) of 2017. Tara: (2 stars). It didn't rhyme and then did and then once in a while. It had cadence and then it didn't. I didn't like that. Harry (13): (2.5 stars). I didn't really get it, but I liked the art. Hank (11): (5 stars). Cool! Liked almost everything about it! Lyra (10): (5 stars). Humans hated Franklin, until a sweet girl named Luna helped him make a library for all. Nice colors in the pictures. One of my favorites of the year. Dave: (3.5 stars). Gorgeous watercolor illustrations (with gold leaf lettering on the cover) by Katie Harnett, extra large-sized, perfect for a fantasy about a dragon. Nobody understands Franklin; no one understands that he just likes to read! Until, that is, he meets Luna who helps him build a flying bookshop (cue to other books about bookshops from Campbell, who is a famous book you-tuber, too) to fly around on Franklin's back to show people. The art is 5 stars, the story is thin, though exuberant. That thing about the rhyming Tara mentions, above? Annoying; feels careless. As to the book-loving, well, it's more funny and flying and swirling about than book-loving, really, but it is pretty fun, and so beautiful.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    BookTube-A-Thon Book 5: Read a hyped book. N.B. This wasn't my planned hyped book, but hey ho - I decided to switch things up! This was an extra, surprise book I received during the BookTube-A-Thon, and I read it in a matter of minutes. I don't normally read picture books, but this one was a treat - a really sweet story with a loveable dragon, tonnes of books, and beautiful illustrations. The book as an object alone is a thing of beauty. Great for goods, and fantastic if you love happy, pretty th BookTube-A-Thon Book 5: Read a hyped book. N.B. This wasn't my planned hyped book, but hey ho - I decided to switch things up! This was an extra, surprise book I received during the BookTube-A-Thon, and I read it in a matter of minutes. I don't normally read picture books, but this one was a treat - a really sweet story with a loveable dragon, tonnes of books, and beautiful illustrations. The book as an object alone is a thing of beauty. Great for goods, and fantastic if you love happy, pretty things.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Holly Dunn

    A delightful story with beautiful, vivid illustrations. I can't wait to read the further adventures of Franklin!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    * I was sent this for free by the publisher * This book has been one I've been waiting for for quite some time. It's by the lovely Jen Campbell and illustrated by the EQUALLY talented Katie Harnett. We follow the adventures of a dragon (already the best character you can choose) and a young girl who try to set up a bookshop on Franklin's back. It's quite a lovely tale, and filled with added delights of colour, form and beauty. The words and images compliment one another beautifully, and I know al * I was sent this for free by the publisher * This book has been one I've been waiting for for quite some time. It's by the lovely Jen Campbell and illustrated by the EQUALLY talented Katie Harnett. We follow the adventures of a dragon (already the best character you can choose) and a young girl who try to set up a bookshop on Franklin's back. It's quite a lovely tale, and filled with added delights of colour, form and beauty. The words and images compliment one another beautifully, and I know all the children in my family will adore it (so I will be reading it to them!) A wonderful and beautiful story. Fantastic for kids, and a book I would recommend to any fantasy or art-lover too. 5*s

  8. 4 out of 5

    Hilary

    A dragon meets a girl and they become friends. They both love books and reading and start a flying bookshop by strapping bookshelves between the dragon's wings. Nice enough idea, as if bookshops weren't enough fun, one on a dragon would be great! That was it for the storyline, the illustrations are very good, well chosen colours and an interesting style. Lovely book, although I wouldn't be moved to buy this one, happy to take it out of the library though.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)

    I bought this as a gift for a 3 year old and had to read it before I wrapped it up. So lovely in particularly the illustrations, I love how the artist plays with light and shade and shapes the pages. I am sure the 3 year old will love this.

  10. 5 out of 5

    leynes

    Franklin's Flying Bookshop was a delightful tale about the little girl Luna who meets the bookworm (or should I say: bookdragon) Franklin. Together they open up a bookshop on Franklin's back. Between his wings countless books are stored for people to peruse and gaze at. Visitors may get comfy on one of the over large sofas as Franklin takes them on a trip through the sky. Sounds marvellous? I agree, I want to visit that bookshop as well. :> To be honest, I wasn't the biggest fan of the writin Franklin's Flying Bookshop was a delightful tale about the little girl Luna who meets the bookworm (or should I say: bookdragon) Franklin. Together they open up a bookshop on Franklin's back. Between his wings countless books are stored for people to peruse and gaze at. Visitors may get comfy on one of the over large sofas as Franklin takes them on a trip through the sky. Sounds marvellous? I agree, I want to visit that bookshop as well. :> To be honest, I wasn't the biggest fan of the writing but I can forgive its oversimplistic nature since it's a book written for kids. I also had some problems with the design/layout of certain pages. I would've preferred full page illustrations throughout the entire book rather than having lots of small illustrations displayed in a bubble surrounded by useless white background. Katie Harnett's illustrations are so beautiful and definitely deserve to be shown off more. I highly appreciate the diverse set of background characters, they weren't given a voice this time around but it was good to see a little boy in a wheelchair and many people of color making up the bulk of the townspeople. All in all, Franklin's Flying Bookshop put a smile on my face. Definitely a tale for bibliophiles and kids looking for an adventure.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amy Jane Smith

    Honestly just wonderful. Pure concentrated comfort in this lovely story about friendship, acceptance (and lack of), and love of reading. I was sure I'd like it but I really did love it - felt like exactly what I needed to read in that moment and I know I'll be reading again.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Moon

    Cute illustrations, massive size (so you can bask in the gloriousness of them), a bookish dragon that longs to share the love of reading and a wonderful young girl that believes in said dragon, what else do you need? It made me smile and enjoy myself as if I was a child. (I need the flying bookshop to come visit me please).

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth A

    2.5 stars. The author is someone I follow on Booktube, and she is knowledgeable and articulate and knows most things books, so I was really looking forward to this picture book. I'm not sure how I feel about this one. I alternated between it's okay and I like it. Here's the thing, I love stories about strangers bonding over their love of books, and when one of said strangers is a dragon and the other a little girl, that's simply adorable. However, the writing felt rather flat and uninspired, and 2.5 stars. The author is someone I follow on Booktube, and she is knowledgeable and articulate and knows most things books, so I was really looking forward to this picture book. I'm not sure how I feel about this one. I alternated between it's okay and I like it. Here's the thing, I love stories about strangers bonding over their love of books, and when one of said strangers is a dragon and the other a little girl, that's simply adorable. However, the writing felt rather flat and uninspired, and after years of listening to Jen I found that surprising. The story itself is rather simple, and while I don't need things to rhyme there was something off about the cadence of this one. I liked the illustrations. They were cute, and there is a page that shows spiders doing ballet and bats learning kung fu that made me smile, and for that I'll round up.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marivi Sanz

    I bought this one for me my three-year-old niece, who loves stories and books. This is the story of Franklin, a dragon who loves reading books. He's nice and friendly to the people of the neighbouring town, but they are afraid of him. One day he meets Luna, a little girl who also loves books, and then they make a plan to bring books and Franklin to the people in town. The story is so sweet, and the illustrations are gorgeous. I love it, and I'm sure my niece will love it too.

  15. 5 out of 5

    María Alcaide

    Wonderful!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shelly

    This book is so sweet and going to my nephew and nieces. Jen Campbell's magical story of Franklin the dragon, who has a love of all things books and just wants a friend to tell stories too. He finds Luna, the little girl who sees him as a fellow story teller and together they make a library. Beautifully illustrated by Katie Harnett, there is plenty to seek out in the pictures and a magical story to ride away with. Adorable.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer B.

    This was just lovely! Book lovers will love it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Charles

    I don't tend to put the books I read to my nephew on here but I wished to share my thoughts. This is the first new book I've bought for him as I work at a charity shop so come across brilliant second hand children's books quite cheaply. When he opened the package he exclaimed, 'That's a great dragon!' And thus begun my Sunday reading. I read this book four times, and it is one of the few times my nephew has really responded to a books, joining in to shout, 'What are you?' with characters, and as I don't tend to put the books I read to my nephew on here but I wished to share my thoughts. This is the first new book I've bought for him as I work at a charity shop so come across brilliant second hand children's books quite cheaply. When he opened the package he exclaimed, 'That's a great dragon!' And thus begun my Sunday reading. I read this book four times, and it is one of the few times my nephew has really responded to a books, joining in to shout, 'What are you?' with characters, and asking questions about longboats and Vikings (quite difficult to explain to a three year old.) This book saved me from having to find imaginary dinosaurs. It was also nice to read a different book on a Sunday because although I enjoy Tractor in Trouble it does get a bit repetitive. We're most looking forward to the next instalment.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    So one of my reading goals this year is to learn about certain illustrators and really “study” and appreciate artists with pictures and words. I’m so happy “Franklin’s Flying Bookshop” was my first by the lovely Jen Campbell (who I watch on YouTube religiously)! 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 So one of my reading goals this year is to learn about certain illustrators and really “study” and appreciate artists with pictures and words. I’m so happy “Franklin’s Flying Bookshop” was my first by the lovely Jen Campbell (who I watch on YouTube religiously)! 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. 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! Let’s just start with the name...Franklin: adorable!! This whole book was adorable and beautifully written. I love that it’s a tribute to readers young and old, also storytellers and what better storyteller than a dragon! It’s truly magical! I have a feeling this is going to be a fun year of reading and discovering so many beautiful books! Buy and read “Franklin’s Flying Bookshop” and then share it with someone you love to tell stories to!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This was very cute, but I would have loved more about the flying bookshop, since it is the title. I know there is a sequel coming out later, and definitely look forward to that. I appreciated the details of the images, and how it adds more to the story and atmosphere. The rhyming seemed inconsistent, which made me wonder why, but overall, a very enjoyable book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lindsi

    What an absolutely charming book! I had to read it immediately when it arrived and then I read it to the hubby and he loved it too. The story was whimsical and endearing, the illustrations were beautiful. A book that must be read by all!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ashley (JaffaCaffa)

    I've been watching Jen's youtube videos for 2 1/2 years now and she's easily one of my favourite channels. So thoughtful and eloquent, honestly such a gem. While I've been excited about this book for a while now and enjoying hearing anything she managed to share about it, it blew away my expectations. It was perfect. I smiled ear to ear throughout the whole reading experience. Really wish I had a little one to read this with (thankfully I have a beautiful copy of my own so I can wait)! Cannot re I've been watching Jen's youtube videos for 2 1/2 years now and she's easily one of my favourite channels. So thoughtful and eloquent, honestly such a gem. While I've been excited about this book for a while now and enjoying hearing anything she managed to share about it, it blew away my expectations. It was perfect. I smiled ear to ear throughout the whole reading experience. Really wish I had a little one to read this with (thankfully I have a beautiful copy of my own so I can wait)! Cannot recommend this highly enough to all ages. A dragon, books, diversity, beautiful illustrations...what more could you ask for honestly.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Vít Kotačka

    Lahodná knížka. Krásné ilustrace (a obálka!), fajn příběh a dvě milé hlavní postavy - drak Franklin a holčička Luna. Oba milují knížky, oba milují příběhy hýřící fantazií. Knížka je pro malé děti, textu je málo. Musím ocenit, že ačkoli je text veršovaný, příjemně se mi četl nahlas - verše jsou sice jednoduché a občas trochu nesedí (jen v jednom případě to povážlivě zaskřípe), ale má to výborné frázování. Zároveň ta nedokonalost veršování výrazně pomáhá "nechytit přednesový patos". Upřímně, z veršo Lahodná knížka. Krásné ilustrace (a obálka!), fajn příběh a dvě milé hlavní postavy - drak Franklin a holčička Luna. Oba milují knížky, oba milují příběhy hýřící fantazií. Knížka je pro malé děti, textu je málo. Musím ocenit, že ačkoli je text veršovaný, příjemně se mi četl nahlas - verše jsou sice jednoduché a občas trochu nesedí (jen v jednom případě to povážlivě zaskřípe), ale má to výborné frázování. Zároveň ta nedokonalost veršování výrazně pomáhá "nechytit přednesový patos". Upřímně, z veršování v dětských knihách mám obavy - je buď kostrbaté, nebo nudné (obojí typicky v českých překladech Roalda Dahla), nebo infantilní, či patetické. Ve Franklinově létající knihovně je veršování příjemné a buduje fantazii a příběh. Ale i kdyby se vám ty verše nelíbily - nejúžasnější jsou stejně na téhle knížce ilustrace a dvě hlavní postavy. Děti je budou milovat.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alison MacConnell

    I feel like I've been waiting for this book to be released forever! I was so very excited to receive it in the post today. Franklin's Flying Bookshop is just beautiful, both the words and the illustrations. It's a gorgeous story of friendship and acceptance and the love of books. I'd recommend it to children and adults alike and I'm looking forward to going on more adventures with Franklin and Luna in the future.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karen Mace

    Fabulous, Fantastic and Fun! Franklin is wonderful! What better mix can you get in a story than one of a Dragon who loves books?! He tries to share his love of books with others, but they aren't as receptive as he's a dragon! That is until he finds the delightful Luna who shares his passion and they set out to spread the bookish love! Beautifully illustrated and perfect for children whether they be little or big... I'm in the 'big child' category and can't wait to read it all over again!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Aabha sharma

    Franklin was delivered to me as I was in the middle of a mild panic attack and It seems to me Franklin’s read lots of psychology books because he sure made me feel tones better. This story is so modern with the (SPOILERS)Kung fu bats and the mice band with their cute sunglasses but there’s something ancient about it too. The theme of being judged by how you look. The villagers who fear the unknown and refuse to show any desire to know the unknown when it presents itself. The panel where Luna gra Franklin was delivered to me as I was in the middle of a mild panic attack and It seems to me Franklin’s read lots of psychology books because he sure made me feel tones better. This story is so modern with the (SPOILERS)Kung fu bats and the mice band with their cute sunglasses but there’s something ancient about it too. The theme of being judged by how you look. The villagers who fear the unknown and refuse to show any desire to know the unknown when it presents itself. The panel where Luna grasps franklins hands in their first meeting. It’s so classic and moving. There are panels in the book I could stare at for hours for the detail like the one where Franklin and Luna are creating their book shop. It reminds me of the time when my best friends and I decided to write a book. It made my heart all fuzzy. I have to get Franklin for my dad and mum because I know they will love it. This is one of those books that will make a perfect christmas gift. Did I mention the cover has this FANTASTIC metal foil that catches the light. This is even a great Diwali gift for kids or just good to have if you have a child in your home or don’t (like moi). Franklin and Luna and the rest of the gang are sure to light up your day.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Noelia Alonso

    Great picture book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kaethe

    Two out of three books tonight mock the scared villagers trope. Plate o' snarky shrimp. Library copy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Yes. Just yes.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jenni

    So cute!

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