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Beard Boy

John Flannery, Steven Weinberg (Illustrator)


List Price: 16.99*
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Young Ben wants to be just like his awesome dad—bearded.

Ben wants a beard. All the most boss people in his town have them. The baker, the barbers, the butcher, they're all bewhiskered—even the old lady who waits at the bus stop has one. Most of all though, Ben wants a beard just like his dad.

He tries his best to start on some scruff, but nothing works quite right. And when his dad explains he might have to wait 'til he's older for a beard of his own, he decides to take some more permanent action—with a marker that is. In the end, Ben and his dad find the perfect solution in this hilarious and heartwarming picture book celebrating the bond between father and son.

Praise For Beard Boy

Praise for Beard Boy:

“In this well-paced debut, Flannery keeps the tone light-hearted, with Steve Weinberg’s freewheeling illustrations — his thick, loose lines have just the right touch of kid-gone-to-town-with-a-crayon — adding wonderfully to the festive, affectionate mood.”—The New York Times 

“Comically charming, this one-of-a-kind story celebrates the unique bond that connects father, son, and facial hair. A refreshing cut for young readers.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Flannery debuts with a sweetly goofy story about a young family that includes an emotive boy with a beard fixation…Weinberg (Rex Finds an Egg! Egg! Egg!) works in a playfully disarrayed style, using loose squiggle to outline his characters in bright purple, bringing a jittery energy to the pages.”—Publishers Weekly

“Tailor-made for children with a yen to be just like their parental units, this is an inclusive and funny urban alternative to Frank Asch’s classic Just Like Daddy.”—Booklist

“A befitting tale for Father’s Day and a welcome addition to any collection needing amusing and engaging stories about father-child relationships. Ideal for storytime or for one-on-one sharing.”—School Library Journal

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, 9780399173363, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 10, 2016

About the Author

John Flannery is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. He has had a beard for as long as he can remember, and yes, food does get stuck in it. John lives in Brooklyn, New York. This is his first book.

Steven Weinberg is an illustrator and writer who currently lives in the Catskills by way of Brooklyn, Morocco, Beijing and Maine, to name a few. Steven's Rex Finds an Egg! Egg! Egg!, was his debut as a children's author/illustrator.