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Story Time with Jacob Kramer & K-Fai Steele — LA Public Library (Studio City Branch)

  • Los Angeles Public Library — Studio City Branch 12511 Moorpark St Studio City, CA 91604 United States (map)

Join Jacob Kramer and K-Fai Steele for a special story time celebrating their new book, Noodlephant!

Hosted by Los Angeles Public Library — Studio City Branch

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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.

K-Fai Steele’s 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).
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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