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Story Time with Jacob Kramer — Brookline Booksmith (Brookline, MA)

  • Brookline Booksmith 279 Harvard Street Brookline, MA 02446 (map)
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Join author Jacob Kramer for a special story time celebrating his new book, Noodlephant!

Hosted by Brookline Booksmith

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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.

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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.
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"I love Noodlephant—brilliant & necessary, and the parable we need now." —Dave Eggers, Best-Selling Author, Editor, Publisher, and Co-Founder of 826 National


“Kramer tackles political oppression with wit, inventiveness, and a love of good food.” —Publishers Weekly


It’s about a noodle-loving elephant. It’s about a magic pasta machine. It’s about a community’s response to injustice. It’s 80 pages long. All that is to say it’s unlike any picture book I’ve read in a long time. And it’s great.” —Travis Jonker, 100 Scope Notes

Noodlephant  is a fun, wacky look at creative civil disobedience and injustice. The kangaroos are oppressive and mean, forbidding other animals from enjoying anything the kangaroos deem exclusive to their little group. The pushback is creative and silly enough to get a laugh out of readers while encouraging them to think about bullying and exclusion. Occasional verse lends a subversive air that kids will understand and appreciate: ‘When the laws are so unjust, misbehavior is a must!’ Sometimes, you just have to break the rules. K-Fai Steele’s cartoony art is bold, bright, and loaded with noodley fun.” —Rosemary Kiladitis, Mom Read It