Izzy and Frank

Izzy loved her island. But most of all, she loved Frank the seagull.

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  • Publication date: 04 February 2020
    ISBN: 9781925849509
    Format (h x w): 275mm x 230mm HB
    RRP: AU $24.99
    Extent: 32pp
    Rights Held: World
    Rights Sold: France (Belin)

  • Publication date: 09 July 2020
    ISBN: 9781912854684
    Format (h x w): 275mm x 230mm HB
    Extent: 32pp
    RRP: £11.99
    Rights held: World
    Rights Sold: France (Belin)

  • Publication date: 07 July 2020
    ISBN: 9781950354238
    Format (h x w): 275mm x 230mm HB
    RRP: US $16.99
    Extent: 32pp
    Rights Held: World
    Rights Sold: France (Belin)


Izzy and Frank spend blue-sky-sunny days and grey-cloud-rainy days roaming and playing by the sea.

But when Izzy has to leave her lighthouse and island life behind to move to the city, she also has to say goodbye to Frank.

The city is crowded and noisy, and Izzy misses the sand and the sea.

Can Izzy find a place for herself in her new home? And will she ever see Frank again?

Beautifully pitched tale for kids leaving behind familiar places and moving to new ones.—Kirkus


‘(A) visually stunning tale of adventure, friendship and coming to terms with change. Perfect for readers aged 3 and up.’
—Amy Adeney, My Child Magazine

‘An entertaining collaboration between author Katrina Lehman and illustrator Sophie Beer, “Izzy and Frank” is an original, utterly charming, and unreservedly recommended addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for children.’ —Children’s Bookwatch, Midwest Book Review

‘From the moment you gaze at the cover, Izzy’s bright smile, pale pale skin and gloriously red hair pull you into this charming picture book that literally pops off the page. Beer’s illustrations grab your attention with her beautifully detailed renderings rich in soft blues and warm earthy tones. The book, however, is more than just pretty pictures (and pretty they are), it tells a wonderful story of a girl that moves away, and starts a new life.’
—Alexander Fernández, Mr Alex’s Bookshelf

Izzy and Frank is an exquisite ode to old friends, new beginnings and the carefree adventures of childhood.’

– Shannon Wong-Nizic, Oh Creative Day


‘Izzy and Frank made my heart squeeze up and my tummy do little emotional flip flops of nostalgia and love and some other kind of adoring feeling I can’t pin down … This little book packs an emotional wallop to rival the most grown up novel. Katrina Lehman’s prose, sprinkled with deft moments of poetry, is a delight to hear and say. And Sophie Beer’s rich Pantone-infused illustrations are warm and winsome and rippling with joy, recalling the best children’s art of the 1960s and now combined. There is no separating the story from its illustrations; they work hand in hand to draw out hidden significances and bonus details to explore what it means to lose and then find hope again. This one is truly delicious in every moment. Buy or borrow it for your favourite people.’

— Danielle, Half Deserted Streets

‘Katrina Lehman and Sophie Beer have created a bright and energetic picture book with lovely alliterative language that kids will adore.’

— Alexa Dretzke, Readings


‘A feel good story of moving and finding ways of making your mark in your new home. New friends become good friends and Frank — you can’t help but love him.’

— Tess, Kids Books We Love

‘This is a beautifully lyrical story dealing with moving house and the acceptance of change. Through the eyes of Izzy, it is learnt that you can live a life celebrating elements of the old and the new. Izzy is an imaginative and original character and has a lovely curious nature about her. I highly recommend it.’

— Suzie Bull, Farrells Bookshop (ABA Text Publishing Bookseller of the Year 2019)

‘Izzy is a fun, relatable main character and her experiences of moving house and missing her bestie, Frank the seagull, is a universal (story) that everyone can connect to.’

— Kristen, Squishy Minnie Bookstore

‘Lehman has created two charming characters in tenacious and wild Izzy and her steady sidekick Frank. Her writing is rhythmic, flows well and is full of interesting vocabulary to investigate … Beer’s use of a limited colour palette makes for a unique and beautiful experience of Izzy and her avian friend.’
— Madleine Crofts, The CBCA Reading Time