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How I Lost My Ear: Fun New Novel Is Now Available Worldwide

Early 5-star review at Amazon

“Adam Beck has created a fun, fantastic universe in which Grandpa Gristle tells us the story of how he lost his ear. Simon Farrow’s illustrations are the perfect match to the story. The characters, who have already come to life through Beck’s writing, are perfectly depicted by Farrow and the images enhance the story in a perfect pairing.

If you enjoy imaginative children’s fiction along the lines of Roald Dahl or Norton Juster (The Phantom Tollbooth), you’ll love this brilliant chapter book. This would be a great book for children who are into chapter books to read alone, or for parents to read aloud with their children, as I plan to do with mine (ages 9 & 12) in the very near future.”

How I Lost My Ear (Grandpa Gristle's Bedtime Tales)

About the book

Friends, I’m thrilled to finally share this book with you because, honestly, it’s the biggest, most fulfilling creative work I’ve ever completed. (From start to finish, it’s been about 10 years in the making!) I’m really happy with how it turned out and I hope you and your family will enjoy my humorous, high-spirited story!

While this book is a work of fiction and not directly related to raising bilingual kidswhich makes it different from my popular nonfiction book Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Abilityboth books are titles from my publishing imprint, Bilingual Adventures, which produces “engaging fiction and nonfiction for language-loving families.” These books are what keep Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo going and growing, and enable me to continue offering these resources, completely free, for everyone.

So, as with Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability, when you purchase a copy of How I Lost My Ear, or gift one to a friend, your support truly benefits us both as well as many others out in the world.

About the story

Grandpa Gristle spins the story of a book-loving boy and his spiraling adventure with a state champion marching band, a moody grandmother with beautiful blond curls, a long-lost hero and his three-legged moose, a dancing bear, a poisonous spider, a baby-snatching owl, a shaggy yak of a man and his snapping turtle, a cold-hearted sheriff and his grinning deputy, a herd of 144 spitting llamas—and a very large, very hungry ogre.

While the reading level is geared for middle grades (around ages 9~14), it’s the sort of fun, playful story—in the spirit of books by Roald Dahl—that’s entertaining for older teens and adults, too.

Illustrations from the book

Illustrations from How I Lost My Ear

Illustrations from How I Lost My Ear

Illustrations from How I Lost My Ear

Read sample pages

Read the first 11 pages of the story right now! Just click the link below to download this excerpt in a free PDF file…

Download the first 11 pages from the book.

Get a copy of How I Lost My Ear

Currently, the paperback is available at Amazon, Amazon UK, and the other global Amazon sites. (It will soon be available at other booksellers, too.)

Get the paperback at Amazon.

Get the paperback at Amazon UK.

The PDF e-book is available, as a secure download, at Gumroad. (A Kindle e-book didn’t suit the book because it has so many great illustrations and they need to be “frozen” on the page, in a PDF, to retain the design of the paperback. The PDF e-book can be read on computers, tablets and other mobile devices, or printed out on paper.)

Get the PDF e-book at Gumroad.

Bulk orders for the paperback—for schools, groups, and booksellers—can be made by contacting Adam Beck directly at: adam[at]

Please help me spread the word

  • Enjoy the book and share your impressions by posting a review at Amazon, Amazon UK, the global Amazon sites, Goodreads, and other sites online. (Even a short review is fine!) Reviews are really, really important and I’d be so grateful for your support in this way. (I’d love to hear from you personally, too, with your impressions!)
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Thank you so much, everyone!