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Frank follows the motto, "Honesty is the best policy." He tells the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Frank never lies to his schoolmates, he always tells the truth to adults, and he’s always honest with police officers. The balancing act of finding tact, that fine line between telling the truth and telling too much truth, is the main theme of this story, and it's very funny—although not necessarily to his friend Dotti whose freckles remind Frank of the Big Dipper, or to the teacher who hears ...
Frank follows the motto, "Honesty is the best policy." He tells the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Frank never lies to his schoolmates, he always tells the truth to adults, and he’s always honest with police officers. The balancing act of finding tact, that fine line between telling the truth and telling too much truth, is the main theme of this story, and it's very funny—although not necessarily to his friend Dotti whose freckles remind Frank of the Big Dipper, or to the teacher who hears that her breath smells like onions, or to the principal who is told that his toupee looks like a weasel. No one is quite as impressed with Frank’s honesty as he thinks they should be. He is sweet and straightforward, and, well, very frank, but with everyone annoyed at him, Frank is now honestly unhappy. He decides to visit his confidante and pal, Grandpa Ernest, who has a history of frankness himself. With a few lessons from Grandpa, Frank begins to understand that the truth is important, but so is not being hurtful. With amusing characters and expressive artwork, this story tells the powerful message of finding the good in everything—a lesson that sends compassion and understanding to take the place of rudeness in the complex concept of truth.
"Newcomer Earnhardt makes her point with solid pacing and lots of laughs. . . . Italian illustrator Castellani's digital artwork is crisp, colorful, and energetic. . . . While Frank might not persuade sharp-tongued children to mend their ways, the story provides a useful array of good ways to deliver bad news." —Publishers Weekly (September 17, 2012)
"This cute and captivating story demonstrates to kids how being brutally honest isn't always necessary. . . . Earnhardt's book is a thoughtful approach in teaching kids to always stay honest, but to be mindful of emotions and soften their approach." —Michigan Reading Journal (September 2012)
"A lesson-to-be-learned book . . . but Earnhardt is so, well, frank about it that kids will laugh right along with Frank's every miscue. . . . Castellani's bright, glossy, retro-styled Photoshop illustrations pop with frantic energy. For kids who need to know that honesty isn't always the best policy." —www.BooklistOnline.com
"Well-named characters and their true-to-life foibles. . . . The awkward situations in which they find themselves . . . are humorous in their accuracy. . . . Cartoonish illustrations add to the fun. Laugh-out-loud funny Being Frank teaches a lesson with humor and sincerity." —www.CityBookReview.com
Posted September 25, 2012
Children's picture books, nice as they are, have a drawback: the words must be read aloud by an adult--and let's face it, it's a kid's book.
However, BEING FRANK is one of those rare, hilarious picture books that even Mom and Dad won't mind reading, over and over.
The book is illustrated with bright, sophisticated pictures that are as funny as the text.
Frank is a boy who embodies his name, saying aloud anything that pops into his head.
As you might imagine, this makes for hurt feelings.
Friends, neighbors and classmates and are angry.
Even his mother is irked by his FRANK remarks.
Only one person understands his problem and can help him learn a new way to tell the FRANK, but palatable truth.
Author Donna Earnhardt's witty, yet down-to-earth prose makes "read it to me" a welcome invitation.
Posted September 24, 2012
This is an excelent book to teach children(and maybe a few adults) the art of telling the truth in a nice way. I recomend it to all those parents or grandparents out there who "draw up" when their child is asked a question ! A delightful book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.