The fan-favourite story from celebrated author and former British Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen – now in graphic novel form with full-colour illustrations by Cole Henley.
Uh-oh… Frank isn’t doing well at school, and he has just been told off by his head teacher again…
He has one last chance to prove himself: all he has to do is follow the rules on his class trip to Chiltern House, complete his worksheet and stay out of trouble.
But when a girl steps out of a painting and steals Frank’s worksheet, staying out of trouble is easier said than done. Together, they embark on a perilous adventure to discover the girl’s lost identity, uniting with new friends along the way who show Frank all is not as it seems in this stately home.
How did the owners of Chiltern House come to own its priceless treasures? Can the secrets of the past ever really stay hidden? Will Frank’s head teacher stop him and his new friends before they find out the truth?
Frank’s class trip is more than he bargained for, but it may just hold the greatest lesson he’ll ever learn.
Michael Rosen has been writing books for children since the early 1970s. His most famous collaboration 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' has sold over 8 million copies world wide.
He has won several awards, been awarded several honorary degrees, and has an MA and a Ph.D. from his studies of children's literature. From 2007-2009 he was the British Children's Laureate.
He broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio 4 and he is a Professor of Children's Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has written or edited over 200 books and his YouTube Channel, 'Kids' Poems and Stories with Michael Rosen' has over 300,000 subscribers and has had 60 million views.
Cole Henley is an illustrator, recovering archaeologist and maker of websites based in Somerset.
Since youth Cole has never been far from pencil and paper and is really excited to work with Michel's on bringing this fun story to a new audience.
He has two children, a dog, a grumpy Scottish cat and hates the sound ice makes in the freezer drawer.
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23rd May 2022We have books - and Graphics Brighton!
Thank you so much for your ongoing support, patience and love for the book.
Really excited to report that the Tomatoes have landed!
This weekend we took receipt of Author copies of the book and it looks brilliant. Unbound did a great job of the print and colours.
Later this week me and Michael are heading to Unbound's top secret location (shhhh!) to sign and sketch in all your…
13th September 2021Step 5: Masks and Colouring In
No, I’m not talking about Halloween! I’m talking about bringing our drawings to life with colour. Having done all our inking I’ve scanned them all in and removed the blue “pencil” lines I was using as a guide.
Now these are added into my drawing software, Clip Studio where I can touch up the drawings and remove any smudges or accidental lines from the inking. We then remove all the white. This…
7th July 2021Inks and The Evolution of Frank
Step 4: Inks
With our pencils all done the next step is to print it all out for the inking.
All our pages are printed out onto Bristol Board - like a thick cartridge paper - at slightly larger than we need for the final printed book. This bit is tricky but we want to print our pencils out in light blue so that we can draw over them. Then thanks to some computer trickery we can remove the blue…
29th March 2021Step 3: Pencils
Step 3: Pencils
With a completed script we now have a sense of the overall story and how this is going to be broken down for the graphic novel.
It is time to dust off the pens and pencils and start fleshing things out (although for this stage we are working with digital pens and paper!).
For each page from the script I start out with a rough outline of the panels and characters…
18th March 2021Step 2: World Building
Step 2: World Building
Before we start any work drawing our story we need to set the tone. This is important as this helps us break our characters and settings down into recognisable shapes for use throughout the story.
This involves a fair amount of research - it may seem surprising to some of you but I have rarely drawn talking monkey statuettes or ornate, lead dolphins before!
12th March 2021Step 1: The Script
Sorry it has taken us so long to post an update on the project.
It was so fantastic to hit our target back in September and work continues behind the scenes. We are significantly through the drawing stage so thought it would be a good time and a great idea to give you all an idea of the process involved in bringing Michael’s fantastic story to life!