Francine Francine the Beach Party Queen!

Francine Francine the Beach Party Queen!

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by Audrey Colman
     
 
Francine is a sweet and goofy dog whose rather boring and insensitive family doesn't appreciate her. High-spirited and curious, she gets into all sorts of trouble. Does Francine have a nose for mischief, or is she just looking for love and acceptance? Eventually she decides she's had enough and leaves. "I want to be able to act like a dog," she says.

Overview

Francine is a sweet and goofy dog whose rather boring and insensitive family doesn't appreciate her. High-spirited and curious, she gets into all sorts of trouble. Does Francine have a nose for mischief, or is she just looking for love and acceptance? Eventually she decides she's had enough and leaves. "I want to be able to act like a dog," she says. "If I have to I'll travel to France or to Prague!" This upbeat, compassionate story in rhymed verse teaches kindness toward animals, and the trademark computerized collages by Audrey Colman -- illustrator of Walter the Farting Dog, a New York Times bestseller and Children's Book Sense 76 selection -- enhance the lesson.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
After a whiff of success as the illustrator of Walter the Farting Dog, Colman goes it alone in this disappointing dog story. Francine is a charcoal gray mutt with spindly legs, a thick torso and strange human eyes. She bemoans her drab life "with the boring, persnickety Crabapple clan," a frowning family with bloated bodies and a greenish cast to their skin. "Sometimes they acted as though I weren't there./ They'd chat right above me. 'Twas quite hard to bear," Francine complains. She clamors for attention by roller-skating, wearing sunglasses and stealing a baby's diaper, but only gets scolded. At last, in a " 'Twas the Night Before Christmas" moment (the contraction " 'twas" appears three times), Francine makes her getaway: "Straight out of the window I jumped in a flash/ without my umbrella or even some cash." She wanders to the studio of a troupe called the Dancing Fools, and they gladly adopt her. In the concluding images, Francine shakes a tambourine in a conga line and goes to the title beach party, where the Crabapples inexplicably appear. Colman's monotonous couplets, including the pairing of "Prague" with "dog," leave much to be desired. Her asymmetrical compositions feature lurid, airbrushed colors and jumbled patterns reminiscent of Pee-wee Herman. Colman plays to Walter fans with a reference to "dog poo" and a pictured brown swirl of doggy doo on a lawn, but Francine lacks Walter's je ne sais quoi. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781583940747
Publisher:
North Atlantic Books
Publication date:
06/05/2003
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.22(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Artist Audrey Colman grew up in Montreal, Canada, and currently lives in Berkeley, California. Her work has been featured in magazines, posters, and a wide range of projects. She previously illustrated the runaway success Walter the Farting Dog. Francine is the first book that Audrey has written as well as illustrated. Her art can be viewed at www.goodartstudio.com.

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Francine Francine the Beach Party Queen! 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an elementary school counselor, I am always looking for good books. Colman's message about being compassionate towards animals is important for children to learn. The book's zany characters come in all sizes and shapes, which help children to accept themselves when they are less than perfect. The story's clever rhymes will make children want to read this book again and again. I would recommend this book for all libraries.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story is very cleverly written, nicely intergrated with the artwork. Good message to kids and adults on kindness to animals. Fresh illustrations and original layouts, great use of color. Love the use of collage and computer manipulation on character solutions, and backgrounds. Good use of typography. Steve Mark Senior Designer Hallmark Cards.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a Hallmark artist and dog lover, this book made my day. Anyone who is sensitive to the feelings of dogs will appreciate this warm and funny story with it's wild and crazy characters,colors, patterns and perspective. Both big and little kids will dig this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
unlike the reviewer, i thought the rhyme scheme was interesting and whimsical. nice job. i read it to my friend anna (who's 7) and she adored it almost as much as ms. colman's previous book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The reviewer in Publisher's Weekly just doesn't get it! Audrey Colman has written and illustrated a dog's life, helping people to understand dog behavior and see the world through the soulful eyes of misunderstood Francine. Colman does not pretend to be Shakespeare, but her goofy couplets tell a poignant story in a humorous way. Her colors are vibrant; her characters and environments surreal. The styling is unique, and details in the illustrations add humor. My friend and I sat down in Barnes and Noble and read Francine, Francine, the Beach Party Queen from cover to cover, delighted and touched by the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Through the trials and adventures of Francine, a willful but demoralized pup, accomplished illustrator Audrey Colman¿most recently known for her work in William Kotzwinkle¿s Walter ¿takes us on a journey that captures the true essence of a dog¿s life in Francine Francine the Beach Party Queen. Francine, stuck living within the confines of a rigid, derisive family, suffers from an absolute lack of freedom. Tired of the same food, mundane on-leash walks, being hushed constantly and considered little more than a pretty distraction, she longs for more. Determined to gain control over her fate, she leaps out the window, flees to the park and eventually meets up with a flamboyant dance troupe. Joining them for revelry and merrymaking, she is offered kindness and companionship, green tea and cookies. The dancers embrace Francine for being the dog she is. A raucous group, they even love her barking. She makes them laugh and teaches them loopy dance steps, and they beg her to stay. She¿s never been happier. There¿s no going back. Francine and her entourage are brought to life through the furious blaze of vibrant color, scratchy texture, and insistent pattern that Colman is known for. But the message¿that we ought to pay more attention to the needs of our animal companions¿ is not lost to the beauty of her images. Like Francine, Colman has a fierce independent streak. A longtime vegetarian and animal-rights advocate, she has channeled her frustration at how the emotional and physical needs of animals are all too often ignored into this jewel of a book. - Bark Magazine, 2003
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sheer Fun! The verses and the hysterical eye- popping pictures in this crazily quirky book really deliver its underlying important message with zing. Colman's aesthetic sensibilities and one of a kind mind shine brightly!