Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom (Frankie Pickle Series)

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Chapter book meets graphic novel in this first book in the series everyone will be talking about. Like most kids, Frankie Pickle hates cleaning his room. But what happens when his mom says he never has to clean it again? For Frankie and his unstoppable imagination, it means he and his sidekick, Argyle, can become explorers swinging on vines, forging paths through piles of clothes, and scooting past lava pits. They can perform flawless surgery on a broken action figure. They can spend time in the big house. They ...

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Overview

Chapter book meets graphic novel in this first book in the series everyone will be talking about. Like most kids, Frankie Pickle hates cleaning his room. But what happens when his mom says he never has to clean it again? For Frankie and his unstoppable imagination, it means he and his sidekick, Argyle, can become explorers swinging on vines, forging paths through piles of clothes, and scooting past lava pits. They can perform flawless surgery on a broken action figure. They can spend time in the big house. They can even become superheroes. But when junk piles grow too high, will all this imagining be enough to conquer . . . the closet of DOOM?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Blurring the lines between graphic novel and chapter book, Wight's (My Dead Girlfriend) children's book debut introduces a protagonist as singular as his name. Frankie Pickle (short for Franklin Piccolini) fuels his everyday life with fantasy. When sent to clean his room, he imagines himself a convict: "Been here so long I forget what the sun looks like,'' he says, scrawling a sixth hatch mark on the prison wall underneath "minutes here." When Frankie's mother declares that he doesn't have to clean his room anymore, at first "Frankie was living on cloud swine." But when even his dog won't go in his room and his sister declares he has the "natural aroma" of "ripe garbage," Frankie-as an intrepid adventurer-makes his room "so clean it made soap look dirty." Wight's b&w comic illustrations brim with action and wit--a moldy sandwich turns into an eight-eyed monster and Frankie makes joyful snow angels in clutter--but Frankie's tone-funny without being smart alecky-is Wight's finest achievement. Full of rib-tickling irony, this is a strong start for the series. Ages 7-10. (May)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
There is a new superhero in town and his name is Frankie Pickle aka Franklin Lorenzo Piccolini. He is a great kid with a supersized imagination that often diverts him from his appointed tasks. After telling him to clean his room one time too many, his exasperated Mom says she does not care if he cleans it or not just as long as he can "deal with the consequences." Free to indulge his wildest adventures as superhero, Frankie's room becomes cluttered with clothes strewn on the floor, papers piled up, leftover food growing green and furry, bedclothes are rank and nobody dare be down wind of the unbathed Frankie. In a nightmare adventure Frankie imagines himself sinking into a bottomless pit of messiness and wakes up just before being sucked into a whirlpool of grime. Humbled and chagrined he embarks on a mission to clean and organize his room. His reward… a shiny green satin cape left by the Dryer Sheet Fairy aka Mom. Part graphic novel and part chapter book this is a strong debut for a new series that will have special appeal to boys. Frankie is kooky but endearing, his family patient and loving, and his adventures out of this world. All of the alter ego adventures are related in comic-book-style panels while Frankie's day-to-day humdrum life is captured in large print double spaced with plenty of margins. Kids ready to move beyond the potty humor of Captain Underpants or kids who like the Ricky Ricotta and the Melvin Beederman Superhero series will find this a perfect choice. Can't wait for the next installment. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4–Franklin Lorenzo Piccolini is a fourth grader with a big imagination and an alter ego named Frankie Pickle, an amalgam of pop-culture icons from Indiana Jones to Batman. His messy room spawns an adventure that ends when the filth is too much even for him. Wight matches a silly story to black-and-white cartoon graphics in a chapter-book format. Readers who have graduated from Dav Pilkey’s “Captain Underpants” and “Ricky Ricotta” series (both Scholastic) will be charmed by this longer story.–Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick’s Catholic School, Charlotte, NC
Kirkus Reviews
Back off, Batman! Take note, Superman! Frankie Pickle is here, and he's ready to play. What he's not ready for is cleaning his room. When Frankie's mother decides to lay off the nagging, Frankie is allowed to make his own choice about his room as long as he can "deal with the consequences." For a little while, he deals well. But, as time passes with no visits from the Dryer Sheet Fairy, Frankie's room begins to resemble a dump in both odor and clutter. Wight's hilarious twists of language are matched with a wicked sense of fun in the illustrations and frequent sequential-paneled episodes of pretend play. Like the Holms' Babymouse, Frankie lapses into comic-book-style flights of fancy that make references to Indiana Jones, Dick Tracy, the Transformers and many superheroes. Busy illustrations on every page provide appeal for new readers, especially those who love Captain Underpants, Skippyjon Jones and Ricky Ricotta. The diagram of Frankie's newly organized room might provide inspiration for kids with their own Room of Doom-when they've stopped snickering, that is. (Fiction. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416964841
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/5/2009
  • Series: Frankie Pickle Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 653,442
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Wight

Eric Wight’s debut graphic novel, My Dead Girlfriend, was nominated for YALSA’s 2008 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list. His comicbook adaptation of Michael Chabon’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay helped garner the Eisner and Harvey awards for Best Anthology. He was also the ghost artist for Seth Cohen on the hit TV show The O.C.

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  • Posted September 17, 2010

    A great adventurous read!

    What a wonderful book that will make the reader get swept away into Frankie Pickle's adventures. This book is great for any child from ages 5-9 that has dreamed of having super powers. Frankie and his dog Argyle turn a normal kids task of cleaning their room into a fun filled adventure. Young readers will enjoy Frankie's imagination and get caught up in the story. The speech balloons found in cartoon strips that are on some of the pages are appealing to children. This story will show students that an imagination can make any impossible task seem possible. I would recommend this book to parents, young readers, and teachers.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2011

    Sp By spy

    Best book for 6 to 7. Chapter book comic.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2009

    My Son Loved This!

    I haven't read much of the book, but my 7-year-old loved it! He picked it out himself and even paid for it. He read it in a day. He walked around the house with his nose in the book and laughed out loud. He filled me in on the plot as he was excited to talk about the book. I hope there will be more of these books to come. I will definitely buy them.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2012

    I love this book!!!!

    Get this book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    It's a cartoon/chapter book!

    This ia a really good book! I like how the story changes from cartoon to a reguler chapter book. The best idea ever for kids who don't like readig. My little brother is one of thoes people. (It has a good story too.) (Franky pickle is simmler to my little brother too.)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2011

    aaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwsssssssssooooooooommmmmmeeeee!!

    this book is so cool it tells me so much details about how he has an advanture!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2011

    Awesome!!!!!!

    i have not read this but..... this looks AWESOME!!!! i will get this soon but for now ill i just ;)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2011

    wow this is quite a book

    this a a great story aka comic but with a story really goodddddddddddddd

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2011

    cool

    ihavent readitbutit looksgood

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    cool

    ihave not read it but it looks good

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    ???

    THIS BOOK STARTED GLITCHINGOUT WHEN I READ IT ON MY NOOK!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2012

    Awsoneness

    The book is filled with awsomeness and godness and dirty ness this book is filled with a life lesson and awsomeness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿????????????•••••||¿¿¿_¿¿¿€¿^_=[?¿¿¿\<>>]

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    It's a nole

    Good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Yes

    Your child will love the other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Great

    Get this book it's awsome

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