Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Book review: The Frank Show

Harper Collins do have a way with books for children. The latest on our read list is 'The Frank Show' by David Mackintosh.

The Frank Show by David Mackintosh

I was a little hesitant in settling down with Squeaks to read this book. It doesn't have the same look and feel as most books in our library, but for me there was something fascinating about it, and I hoped Squeaks would feel the same.

The Frank Show is about the dilemma of Show and Tell, about standing up for a whole minute to talk about someone, someone interesting, and not having anyone else to talk about, other than your grandad- Frank.

In itself, The Frank Show tells a wonderful story, about respecting people, about how there are lots of interesting things about people, and sometimes the most interesting things are those which you have to spend time with people to find out.
To Squeaks, she seemed to take away the fact that Tom stopped being a happy friend, but after meeting Grandad Frank he was happy again, and they were best friends. For a three year old's comprehension, I was pretty impressed.

What I knew would keep interest more than the story however was the wonderful illustrations, it's been a while since I've come across a book with such intricate and fascinating detail, and every page has the power to keep attention.

Our first read of the book Squeaks was happy to listen to the story, and to join in with it.
As soon as a closed the book- "Can we read it again?"
And this for me is the recommendation, that despite it being quite a long book for a three year old, that as soon as the tale is told Squeaks is ready to hear it again.
And of course the second time took twice as long, because the second time wasn't about the story, it was about the illustration, and what we could see.

The Frank Show by David Mackintosh

And as we continue to read the book at quiet times and bed times it always takes one form or the other- it is about either hearing the story or linking the illustrations to the story.

I can only describe this book as beautiful. It tells such a meaningful story in terms of one that could be so easily lost on the next generation. And then there's the illustration, which is so reminiscent of stories of my childhood and dare I say, Quentin Blake and Roald Dahl, who were so focal to my love of reading as this book has, in its early days, been in our home.

We have found this book absolutely fascinating, and for me provided a great stepping stone to keeping attention in longer books.
A fantastic addition to our bookshelf.

The Frank Show is published by Harper Collins and I would hope available from all good bookshops, if you prefer online convenience, it's available on Amazon.

Disclosure: I was provided with this book for the purposes of the review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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