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Camp ELB! with Jacob Kramer, K-Fai Steele, Mark Riddle & Zoey Abbott — Green Bean Books (Portland, OR)

  • Green Bean Books 1600 Northeast Alberta Street Portland, OR 97211 (map)

It’s our first-ever Camp ELB!

Join us for an afternoon of crafts, hot chocolate, and a * triple decker * story time featuring Jacob Kramer and K-Fai Steele (Noodlephant), Mark Riddle (Margarash), and Zoey Abbott (Finn’s Feather)!

Hosted by Green Bean Books


About Noodlephant:

Famous for her pasta parties, Noodlephant is shocked when the law-loving kangaroos decide noodles are only for them! Noodlephant wont let this stand—Noodlephants cant survive on sticks and branches, after all. Determined to do something to push back against an unjust law, she and her friends invent a machine that transforms pens into penne, pillows into ravioli, and radiators into radiatori. With that, the pasta parties are back! But that very night, the kangaroos come bounding through the door ready to enforce their unjust laws.

A zany tale full of pasta puns, friendship, and one Phantastic Noodler, Noodlephant, written by Jacob Kramer and illustrated by K-Fai Steele, explores a community’s response to injustice.


Jacob Kramer grew up in Providence, RI and studied film-making and writing at Harvard. Like Noodlephant, he loves hunting for mushrooms, eating noodles, and organizing with friends in pursuit of justice. He lives in Somerville, MA, where he is an arts council Fellow.

K-Fai Steeles first ambition was not to make books; it was to be a fish. She grew up in a house built in the 1700s with a printing press her father bought from a magician, and shes been writing and drawing books ever since. Shes made drawings for Chibitronics, the Reykjavik Grapevine, MIT Media Lab, School Library Journal, Philly Weekly, the Creativity Labs at Indiana University, and more. K-Fai is the 2018 recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats/Kerlan Collection Memorial Fellowship. Noodlephant, publishing in 2019, is her first book with Enchanted Lion. Other forthcoming titles include A Normal Pig (Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins) and Old MacDonald Had a Baby by Emily Snape with Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan (Fall 2019).

About Margarash:

Collin is obsessed with coins—collecting them, stacking them, and using them in magic tricks. One day, his misguided dismissal of a cautionary legend lands him in the clutches of Margarash, a monster who also loves coins. Locked in a cage in Margarash’s lair, deep within the cushions of his parents’ couch, Collin must think fast if he is ever going to escape and make it back home!

A surprising book that is also a little scary and more than a little deep, Margarash is about a young boy and a seemingly-nasty monster who realize they need each other.


Mark Riddle is a Youth Services Librarian with a colossal beard. He was born in Australia, has lived in Taiwan and Turkey and now resides in Oregon with his wife, Kate, their cat, Warda Runciblespoon, and several fish and chickens. 


About Finn’s Feather:

Finn knows his brother is gone. But he also knows that Hamish sent the beautiful white feather on his doorstep.

Finn runs to shows his mother the feather from Hamish, but she only gives him a big hug. In school, Finn’s teacher responds similarly. Why isn’t anyone as excited as he is? Finn sits quietly, cradling the beautiful, amazing feather. “Why did Hamish give it to you?” asks his friend, Lucas. “Maybe he wanted to say hi?” wonders Finn. “Maybe,” Lucas says, “Hamish wanted you to have fun with it.” 

Finn’s Feather is a story about resilience and memory―about a child, his brother, and a friend who meets him where he is.


Zoey Abbott is a grown-up, but she still has more questions than answers. She also feels like she knew something important when she was a kid, something that she has forgotten. So Zoey time travels in her mind, digging and scraping and scooping up old sticks and bones. She sometimes puts these in her stories. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and kids.