Books Kate Beaton Books by Kate Beaton Kate Beaton has written books about: Comics & Graphic Novels History & Society Children's Books Fiction Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Kate Beaton Summer Reader Poll 2019: Funny Books We Did It For The LOLs: 100 Favorite Funny Books August 20, 2019 We thought you might need a laugh right about now, so this year's summer reader poll celebrates all the books (and one short story, and a few uncategorizable gems) that make you laugh out loud. NPR Books NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2016's Great Reads December 6, 2016 The Book Concierge is back and bigger than ever! Explore more than 300 standout titles picked by NPR staff and critics. NPR Books NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2015's Great Reads December 8, 2015 The Book Concierge is back and all new for 2015! Explore more than 260 standout titles picked by NPR staff and critics. Review Book Reviews 'Step Aside, Pops' Lampoons History With Humor And Wit September 18, 2015 From Kate Beaton (the creator of Hark! A Vagrant) comes a new collection of comics that combines deadpan humor with minimalist style, drawing inspiration from often surprising historical figures. Review Best Books Of 2011 Six Graphic Novels That Will Draw You In December 21, 2011 Critic Dan Kois selects the standout graphic novels of the year, which include books from France and Japan, explicit picaresques, hard-boiled mysteries, memoirs, fairy tales and new twists on old classics. Author Interviews 'Hark!': From DNA To JFK, A Comic Take On History September 29, 2011 Joe Kennedy lectures burping baby Ted on political ambition while teenagers Joe Jr. and John wrestle for the presidency. Cartoonist Kate Beaton irreverently recasts history and classic literature in her new book, Hark! A Vagrant. 'Hark!': From DNA To JFK, A Comic Take On History Listen · 7:19 7:19 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/140804195/140909595" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Drawn and Quarterly Excerpt: 'Hark! A Vagrant' September 28, 2011 Read an excerpt of Hark! A Vagrant. LANGUAGE ADVISORY: This excerpt contains language some might find offensive. Drawn And Quarterly Pop Culture Happy Hour Cartoonist Beaton's "Hark! A Vagrant!" Finds Drollery in Drawing Rooms September 22, 2011 With a deceptively loose, doodle-like style, Canadian webcomic creator Kate Beaton imbues historical and literary figures with comically modern sensibilities.