Left Bank Books presents Dan Santat, Caldecott Medal-winning and New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend and the road trip/time travel adventure Are We There Yet?
Join us for a conversation to celebrate all things awkward, funny, and poignant about middle school in Dan Santat's middle grade memoir A First Time for Everything! Dan will be in conversation with Amy from the book!
Santat will personalize and sign copies after the presentation! If you are unable to make it to the event, leave a personalization note in your online order.
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About A First Time for Everything
A middle grade graphic memoir based on bestselling author and Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat's awkward middle school years and the trip to Europe that changed his life.
Dan's always been a good kid. The kind of kid who listens to his teachers, helps his mom with grocery shopping, and stays out of trouble. But being a good kid doesn't stop him from being bullied and feeling like he's invisible, which is why Dan has low expectations when his parents send him on a class trip to Europe.
At first, he's right. He's stuck with the same girls from his middle school who love to make fun of him, and he doesn't know why his teacher insisted he come on this trip. But as he travels through France, Germany, Switzerland, and England, a series of first experiences begin to change him--first Fanta, first fondue, first time stealing a bike from German punk rockers... and first love.
Funny, heartwarming, and poignant, A First Time for Everything is a feel-good coming-of-age memoir based on New York Times bestselling author and Caldecott Medal winner Dan Santat's awkward middle school years. It celebrates a time that is universally challenging for many of us, but also life-changing as well.
About Dan Santat
Dan Santat is the Caldecott Medal-winning and New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend and the road trip/time travel adventure Are We There Yet? His artwork is also featured in numerous picture books, chapter books, and middle-grade novels, including Dav Pilkey's Ricky Ricotta series. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and many, many pets.
"A thoughtful memoir with lots of humor and heart." -- School Library Journal, starred review
"[E]motionally perceptive" -- Publisher's Weekly, starred review
"This is Santat at his best." -- Horn Book
"Without preachiness or condescension, Santat gives readers a story that is both a reassuring hug and a nudge to get out there and experience the world beyond what they know." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Dan's book manages to capture all the things that make you fall in love in the first place--awkwardness, humor, a bit of teen pathos, and most of all, sincerity and vulnerability." --LEUYEN PHAM, New York Times-bestselling illustrator of the Friends series