|July 9, 2015||Posted by admin under Children's Lit, Picture Book|
Written by Donna W. Earnhardt
Illustrated by Andrea Castellani
Published by Flashlight Press
Reviewed by Christa McGrath
A little boy named ‘Frank’ is all about being frank. He never lies and believes honesty is the best policy. And so he is completely at ease telling others (such as friends, teachers, family) if they sound funny, look funny, or smell funny. But his frankness is not always welcoming – people become upset leaving young Frank bewildered. He seeks out his grandpa (who is, ironically, named ‘Ernest’) for some advice. Well, as you can imagine, grandpa is able to help Frank understand that while it is important to always tell the truth, it is important to do so in the right way.
This is a wonderful picture book for children between the ages of 4 and 8 and is a great way to educate them on the importance of being nice, being honest, and treating others respectfully. The illustrations are colorful, bold, and whimsical; the story is fun, humorous, and meaningful. Being Frank will be sure to engage young readers as they follow Frank on his journey from being a boy who is perhaps a little too honest to becoming a boy who learns to be honest using a touch of sugar. At 32 pages, it’s a little picture book that delivers a big message and would made an ideal addition to every home and/or classroom bookshelf.
For more information about this book or to get your very own copy, visit the publisher’s website here.