Frankie Works the Night Shift

Frankie Works the Night Shift

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by Lisa Westberg Peters, Jennifer Taylor
     
 

While everyone else is busy dreaming . . .

Z-z-z-z-z-z

. . . Frankie is hard at work, cleaning and scheming. There's no time for rest.

Clang!
Splash!
Eeeeeek!

But here's a little secret—Frankie really seems to enjoy the night shift.

Is he working hard or hardly working? Open this book and decide for yourself.

Good job, Frankie!

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Overview

While everyone else is busy dreaming . . .

Z-z-z-z-z-z

. . . Frankie is hard at work, cleaning and scheming. There's no time for rest.

Clang!
Splash!
Eeeeeek!

But here's a little secret—Frankie really seems to enjoy the night shift.

Is he working hard or hardly working? Open this book and decide for yourself.

Good job, Frankie!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Featuring digital photography, newcomer Taylor's mixed-media art adds comedic zing to Peters's quirky counting tale. Frankie is an apron-wearing marmalade cat who has the run of a hardware store at night—he empties one wastebasket, spilling its contents onto the floor, and “cleans” two counters. Pursuing a mouse, Frankie knocks over eight nail bins and scurries over the side-by-side beds of his nine “bosses” sleeping upstairs, some of whom wake up with startled expressions, as he chases the rodent out the cat door. Peters's spare text, full of exclamatory statements in the second half (“Good job, Frankie!”), moves the story forward with energy and speed, but Taylor's artwork is the showstopper, creating a surreal environment for Frankie's nocturnal adventures. Ages 2-5. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Frankie the cat works the night shift. As we count with him from one to ten, we follow his nighttime adventures in just a few words per page. Down the town street he goes, emptying one wastebasket, cleaning, disastrously, two store counters, calling "meetings" to the annoyance of those trying to sleep. The tool-kit clad feline inspects tools on shelves, then follows an intruding mouse up and down ladders, in and out of nail bins, and finally across the beds of a now-awakened family, counting all the way. At first angry, the family members then eagerly follow the pursuit until the mouse is safely outside. Then it is time for Frankie's day shift, asleep, and dreaming. Digitally manipulated photographs create an appealing naturalistic cat hero and settings, while the humans serve more cartoon-y ends. The mouse is a charming, feckless rascal; the dogs viewing the worn-out Frankie are attractive as well. Taylor supplies all manner of properties and details to fill the pages of this amusing visual romp. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Frankie is a ginger cat who earns his keep in his human family's hardware store at night. Whether emptying one wastebasket to get a fish skeleton, spotting a mouse behind six hammers, or chasing his quarry up and down seven ladders, the apron-clad feline is hard at work. His nine bosses are an extended family, humorously shown in single beds pushed side by side. As he chases the mouse across their covers, they wake and exclaim, "Be quiet, Frankie!" and remind him, "Some of us have to work in the morning." Nonetheless, they spot the mouse, shout directions, and praise Frankie for chasing it out the cat door. With his job done and the store in disarray, he yawns 10 big yawns. Children next see him by day, sleeping in the store window—oblivious to outside dogs and a nearby mouse—dreaming of a hammock in the tropics. Taylor uses digital photography for the full-color art, with paint cans, scattered nails, and assorted tools lending authenticity to the hardware-store setting. Both Frankie and the mouse appear to be real animals. The pace picks up considerably as the mouse scurries for safety with Frankie in pursuit. There's a lot to see (and count) in this unusual book.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
Kirkus Reviews
"Frankie works the night shift. / He empties one wastebasket. / He cleans two counters." Yes, Frankie the yellow tabby cat works and counts his way around the hardware store until he "spots an intruder behind six hammers! / He follows it up / and down / seven ladders. / He chases it in and out of eight nail bins." The chase lands the both of them on the beds of the nine bosses, who aren't too keen on being awakened-until one of them spots the intruding mouse. Then Frankie has a cheering section as he chases it from the store. After a good night's work (and ten big yawns), Frankie settles down to his daytime routine-which looks to include a bit of napping. Peters's sly counting-cat tale is given a huge boost of silliness and adrenalin by newcomer Taylor's photo-based digital collages. The puss playing Frankie and his mousey co-star leap and climb across the full-bleed, mostly two-page dynamically composed spreads with gleeful abandon. Enormously entertaining, particularly for the I Spy set. (Picture book. 3-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060090951
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/16/2010
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
794,592
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Lisa Westberg Peters is the author of Sleepyhead Bear; Cold Little Duck, Duck, Duck; Earthshake: Poems from the Ground Up; and several other books for children. She lives with her family in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Jennifer Taylor's work has been featured in advertisements, greeting cards, and illustrations for newspapers and magazines. She graduated from the Ringling School of Art and Design in 2002 and lives in Chicago, Illinois. This is her first book.

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