Story Time with Benson Shum for First Night of Howlergarten

Story Time with Benson Shum for First Night of Howlergarten. Saturday, September 30th at 11 am. Once Upon A Time Bookstore, 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, CA 91020.

Join a pack of readers!

Run wild with First Night of Howlergarten - a fun new picture book by local author-illustrator Benson Shum! Benson will read his book, draw some magical transformations, and then sign books. Best for young werewolves ages 4+. 

Masks are recommended for our events. 

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About First Night of Howlergarten:

First Night of Howlergarten book cover. A large pale yellow full moon takes up most of the cover resting above a hill where a small girl stands at the summit. She is showing her head back in a howl and you see her shadow cast on the moon shaped like a wolf. The title is in green on the hill.

First-day-of-school jitters take on a whole new meaning at howlergarten, where future werewolves prepare for their big transformation!

Most kids go to kindergarten, but there is a special place for those who turn into werewolves. Instead of attending school during the day, these supernatural students go to howlergarten at night! There they practice tracking scents, listening to whispers on the wind, and more. But when one student named Sophie doesn't seem to possess the basic skills, she worries she won't become a werewolf at all. What will happen if she remains human when the full moon appears? Will she still be accepted as part of the pack, or will she be cast aside as an ordinary outsider?

About the author-illustrator:

Benson Shum author photo. An Asian man with a light beard and short black hair smiling directly at the camera. He's wearing a blue button up with a floral pattern.

Benson Shum has illustrated a number of picture books, including Adam Lehrhaupt's Sloth Went, Jennifer Sattler's Go to Sheep, and his own Anzu the Great Kaiju. Benson is also an animator at the Walt Disney Animation Studios, where he has contributed to such films as FrozenBig Hero 6ZootopiaMoanaRalph Breaks the InternetFrozen IIRaya and the Last Dragon, and Encanto. Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Benson now lives in sunny Southern California.

Photo credit: Provided by author


Saturday, September 30, 2023 - 11:00am
Event address: 
Once Upon A Time Bookstore
2207 Honolulu Ave.
Montrose, CA 91020
SKU: 9780593521274a
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Believe in yourself and find your pack in this tale perfect for the start of school. Whether you're a werewolf or a human - you will fit right in. 

SKU: 9780063248182a
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SKU: 9781250776129a
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SKU: 9781250776136a
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SKU: T000917
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