An Afternoon with the Amazing Alex Beard
Who: Award-winning author-illustrator Alex Beard.
What: Discussing and signing his thought-provoking and beautiful new picture book, The Lying King.
When: Tuesday, 25 September 2018 at 4 PM.
Where: Rakestraw Books.
How much: This is a free event. Reservations are suggested. Make yours by calling (925) 837-7337. Please note: Only books purchased at Rakestraw Books can be signed at this special event.
Why you should care: When other animals fail to take a stand, a lying warthog becomes their king with devastating results. "A runt who wanted / to be a huge pig," the warthog "started off small," telling tall tales and lying "to feel big." Claiming night is day and rain is dry, the warthog brags how high he can fly, how great and handsome he is. Many find his behavior shameful but do nothing to stop him. As "his fibbing got bolder," the bullying warthog climbs "up on the backs of his lies" to become king, lying to fill his wallet, questioning "all that was right," and turning subjects against one another. But when "all that was false was spoken as true," his lies eventually ensnare him. Beard spins his relevant cautionary tale in droll verse that builds in intensity as the warthog's dishonesty expands. Signature ink-and-watercolor illustrations feature the warthog and his exotic subjects, drawn in neat, black outlines and filled with pale washes. The plain white background calls attention to the hand-lettered text and drama of the narcissistic warthog, who wears an officious sneer and absurd crown, strutting, posing, leaping, denouncing, and accusing his way across pages as stunned animals collapse beneath his lies.
This witty, contemporary fable deserves to take its place beside the classic stories of Aesop and Kipling. Please join us as we welcome Alex Beard back to Rakestraw Books.