Storytime with Ben Brashares, The Great Whipplehthorpe Bug Collection


Ben Brashares
The Great Whipplethorpe Bug Collection

Friday, May 14, 4:30pm
STORYTIME on the Green

Bring a blanket and settle down for a fun storytime on the Watchung Plaza Green.

Enjoy this witty, heartwarming exploration of father-son relationships and growing up male in today's culture through the lens of a boy yearning to forge his own identity. Chuck Whipplethorp has a lot to live up to. He is Charles Whipplethorp the Fifth after all, named after his seriously cool ancestors who were explorers, soldiers, and scientists—his grandpa even discovered a new species of insect! One day Chuck looks at his stay-at-home dad, huddled over his laptop, and asks: "Dad . . . when I grow up, am I going to be as boring as you?" With a little help from his nurturing father, Chuck finds his own source of strength and individuality through creativity, and helps him to discover that "greatness" comes in many forms. The Great Whipplethorp Bug Collection offers a multigenerational family portrait with humor and heart, while unpacking gender roles and acknowledging the universal desire young readers feel to belong and make a mark in the world.

About the Author

Ben Brashares is the author of the picture book Being Edie is Hard Today. He holds an MFA in creative writing and has written for magazine including Men's Journal and Rolling Stone. Ben lives in Montclair, New Jersey with his wife, three children, three cats and a dog.
Elizabeth Bergeland is the illustrator of Being Edie is Hard Today. She is also a fine artist with a BFA in painting from the University of Colorado who exhibits her work nationally. She lives with her husband and three children in a quirky old row home in Philadelphia.
Event date: 
Friday, May 14, 2021 - 4:30pm to 5:00pm
Event address: 
On the Green
Watchung Plaza
Montclair, NJ 07042
The Great Whipplethorp Bug Collection Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316538251
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 11th, 2021