Frank'n'Stan

Frank'n'Stan

by M. P. Robertson
     
 

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Frank has no brother or sister to play with, so he decides to make one. He collects all kinds of junk and recycled materials and sets to work. The result is - Stan, a friendly and helpful robot who soon fits into Frank's family life. At first Frank and Stan do everything together, but when Frank's parents present him with a little sister, Stan begins to feel

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Frank has no brother or sister to play with, so he decides to make one. He collects all kinds of junk and recycled materials and sets to work. The result is - Stan, a friendly and helpful robot who soon fits into Frank's family life. At first Frank and Stan do everything together, but when Frank's parents present him with a little sister, Stan begins to feel unwanted, and makes plans to leave? This is a delightful, comic adventure with much to say about family life, that will enthrall and engage children everywhere.

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"With realistic, detailed illustrations and nicely measured storyline, this is a beautifully crafted, big book to delight children of any age." — Irish Examiner
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Since Frank's mother refuses to produce a brother for him, he decides to make one. He plans and collects parts. Finally he creates Stan, an unusual brother but an effective and useful robot, as well as a good companion. But one day, Frank's mum surprises him with a sister named Mary. After a while, as she grows, Frank begins to spend a lot of time with her. Stan, feeling left out, leaves one snowy night. He soon collapses in the cold. Everyone misses him, so Frank determines to find and save him. With a spare battery and an oilcan, Frank brings Stan back to life. When they return, Mary says her first word, "STAN!" Now Frank and his brother and sister can make beautiful music together. From the clearly detailed, naturalistic rendering of Stan's image on the front jacket, the reader is prepared to believe this delightful fantasy. Monochromatic end pages demonstrate Frank's ingenious mechanical work in his cluttered basement workshop. Pen and watercolors create the scenes of creation, vignettes of Stan in action and in flight, and the final happy conclusion. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
A heartwarming tale of a boy and his robot. Young Franklin P. Shelley often asks his mother for a younger sibling; her response is always, "We'll see" (his father's eyes pop in alarm behind his newspaper). Industrious Frank decides to take matters into his own hands and sets out to build one. Frank works hard at his drafting table on the plans, scours Byron's Scrap Metal for parts, and slowly but surely ("nut by bolt, sprocket by socket") puts Stan together. Frank charges up the battery, and the light in Stan's chest begins to glow: "Stan was ALIVE!" Mum and Dad find Stan a bit...different, but his household industry wins them over. One day, Mum surprises Frank with a cute baby girl, and the boy begins to spend more time with his sister, Mary, and less with Stan. One snowy evening, Stan leaves. It doesn't take long for him to freeze or for the family to miss him. A big hug convinces the big mechanical lug to return, which seems to please Mary most of all. The realism in Robertson's pen-and-watercolor illustrations highlights the mechanical paraphernalia even as it wordlessly tracks Mum's expanding belly, adding a sci-fi dimension to this warm tale of family and friendship. Appealing both to the eye and the heart, and even though children are unlikely to catch the literary references, their parents will chuckle over them. (Picture book. 5-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847801609
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
05/13/2014
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

M. P. Robertson is an internationally acclaimed author and illustrator of children's books. His many books include The Egg, The Dragon Snatcher, Frank 'n' Stan, Food Chain, Hieronymus Betts and His Unusual Pets, and Ice Trap!, written by Meredith Hooper. He lives with his family in Wiltshire, U.K.

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