Join local Wichita author Frank Tra and his family at Blue Baboon Books for a very special reading of his first children’s novel: Masterpiece Robot and the Ferocious Valerie Knick-Knack.
The characters in the novel were inspired by his children. In fact, the children will be helping with the book reading. They will be reading the voices of their characters. (His wife, Katy, has a line too!) Frank will also briefly talk about his book. They will have bookmarks to hand out, coloring pages and light snacks. In addition, they will have copies of the book available for purchase. 😉
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Masterpiece Robot pays tribute to the power of a child’s vivid imagination, which can transform a suburban autumn backyard into a futuristic battleground and Laura’s lively siblings into unwitting but enthusiastic participants in a fight for a planet’s survival. We begin in Laura’s bedroom where she is struggling to find her way into the story she wants to write, and we end there with Laura putting the finishing touches on her triumphant tale.
When Laura—a.k.a. Masterpiece Robot—heads into the backyard with her little sister Molly—a.k.a. Sidekick—her active imagination places them instead on patrol around the perimeter of a dystopian city, guarding against super villains. Then older sister Amber—a.k.a. Valerie Knick-Knack—throws handfuls of fallen leaves at them, unknowingly initiating a battle for the ages.
The transitions back and forth from suburbia to dystopia in this story within a story are deftly rendered with contrasting palettes. The rollicking interactions of the sibling heroes and villains make Masterpiece Robot pure fun to read.
The event will be held at Blue Baboon Books on Tuesday, April 17 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Blue Baboon is located at 9428 W. Central.