Frederick Finch, Loudmouth

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Poor Frederick Finch! No matter what he does, he just can?t seem to keep quiet. Especially when he?s trying to win a contest at the state fair. Everyone else in his family always comes home from the fair with ribbons. But not Frederick. No matter how hard he tries, he never wins a thing.
But what if there were a contest where loudness could help instead of harm?
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Overview

Poor Frederick Finch! No matter what he does, he just can’t seem to keep quiet. Especially when he’s trying to win a contest at the state fair. Everyone else in his family always comes home from the fair with ribbons. But not Frederick. No matter how hard he tries, he never wins a thing.
But what if there were a contest where loudness could help instead of harm?
This comic tale, uproariously illustrated, carries a simple message: Be yourself! Even if that means being loud. VERY loud.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
Frederick loved everything about the annual State Fair. But by far, his favorite part was the contests. Each year, he tried very hard to win a prize. Over the years, he entered the turkey-calling contest, the checkers tournament and even the country music contest without winning a prize. Fortunately, Frederick was not discouraged. He spent a whole year trying very hard to develop a talent that would win him a blue ribbon. He practiced yodeling, duck calling and even playing a guitar—all without much success. His mother persuaded him to enter a new contest that required him to sew something for the Boys' Fashion Fair Contest. Finally, on the day of the fair, he ran to the site of the sewing contest, and hung up his shirt. Frederick was so dejected after seeing how odd his shirt looked when compared to the others that he did not wait for the judging. As he wandered around, he discovered another new contest. He quickly ran to enter, for he knew this time he would win first prize. Sure enough, Frederick was named the winner of the Mom-Hollering Contest. There was yet another surprise in store for Frederick … his shirt won, too. It was awarded a blue ribbon as the loudest in the contest. The story's humor is reinforced by the ink-and-watercolor illustrations. Each emotion and action is totally apparent, especially in the pictures of Frederick. Youngsters are sure to relate to Frederick and will enjoy the happy ending. This book should certainly be considered for purchase. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
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K-Gr 2- Every year, the Finch family attends the State Fair. Though his parents and sister consistently bring home ribbons for their talents, Frederick's loud voice always stops him from doing well in the contests he enters, from turkey calling to checkers, and he has yet to be a winner. In springtime, when the competitions are announced, he takes his mother's advice to try something new and sews a brightly patterned patchwork shirt to enter in the Boys' Fashion Fair. When he drops off his garment, he is disappointed to discover that the other submissions are much more sedate. Then he happens upon a brand-new event-a Mom-Hollering Contest-and is awarded first prize for his Ferris-wheel-rattling yells. His day is complete when he also receives a blue ribbon for "Loudest Shirt." As in Sophie Laguna's Too Loud Lily (Scholastic, 2004) and Alexis O'Neill's Loud Emily (Aladdin, 2001), this title uses humor to illustrate how even an unusual and often-considered-negative talent can be useful. Frederick is a likable character who perseveres and continually tries to succeed. The watercolor-and-ink illustrations humorously depict the boy's trials without giving away the surprise ending.-Lynne Mattern, Robert Seaman School, Jericho, NY

Kirkus Reviews
Not that it doesn't have its charms, but Weaver's story about finding a calling is pretty silly. Then again, its goofiness is its saving grace. Young Frederick loves his local state fair and nothing would make him happier than to take home a prize ribbon from one of its contests. The trouble is his mouth: It's motorized, blabbering and backfiring and sinking his ambitions. Notwithstanding his yapper, he has pluck and energy, but he still hasn't discovered a talent as the state fair nears. His mother recommends entering the Boys' Fashion Fair, and here the story gets seriously zany. Frederick duly knocks out a crazy-wild shirt, rendered particularly so by Tilley's clamorous watercolors. He is mightily discouraged when he sees the polished entries of the competition, until a slice of pure manna-a stroke of utterly wacky convenience-falls from heaven into his purview, and he makes it his own. Ribbons follow. Forget about following your dreams and cultivating innate abilities. Read this book with Frederick's brio and it will pay for itself. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618452392
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/19/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Tess Weaver is the author of Opera Cat and Cat Jumped In! She lives in Iowa City, Iowa. For more information visit www.tessweaver.com.

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