On the Road with Poppa Whopper

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When their house is torn down, Frannie and Poppa Whopper buy a rusty little minivan, pack up their belongings and head off to a carefree new life on the road. Of course, they hit some bumps along the way, but Poppa Whopper has luck, charm, and lots of ideas, and he always manages to talk them out of trouble and into exciting new adventures. Full-color illustrations.

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Overview

When their house is torn down, Frannie and Poppa Whopper buy a rusty little minivan, pack up their belongings and head off to a carefree new life on the road. Of course, they hit some bumps along the way, but Poppa Whopper has luck, charm, and lots of ideas, and he always manages to talk them out of trouble and into exciting new adventures. Full-color illustrations.

After their house is torn down, Frannie and Poppa Whopper transform a rusty old van into their new home and travel around the countryside earning their living doing an assortment of odd jobs.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara Disckind
When Frannie and Poppa Whopper are forced to move out of their home to make way for a new town hall, they hit the road in an old red caravan. Through their charm, talents, and luck, they earn just enough money to continue on their meandering journey. From acting as cookie tasters to saving a pig to painting houses they're a team, a pair whose greatest happiness is having each other. A delightful story of optimism, creativity, and caring punctuated by the whimsical art of Beer, writer/illustrator of the Little Polar Bear and the Brave Little Hare.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-3When Frannie and Poppa Whopper discover that their house is to be demolished that very day, they buy a beat up old truck, transform it into a caravan, and set off for no place in particular. The rest of the book consists of nine short chapters about unlikely events and adventures that are strung together with little continuity from one chapter to the next. Characters express themselves in a halting, slapdash manner with dialogue that might be funny within the context of a play but lacks authenticity in book form. Numerous full-color illustrations done in a cartoon style appear on almost every page.Alexandra Marris, Rochester Public Library, NY
Mary Harris Veeder
Poppa Whopper and his daughter, Frannie, are free spirits whose road adventure begins when a man announces that their house must be torn down by noon. A minicamper with bathtub on top becomes their home as they try new jobs each day. DeBeer's quirky artwork, which pictures their various jobs--as cookie testers, housepainters, pig rescuers, and artists--catches the simple spirit and strong affection of the pair. With short, good-humored chapters and syntax and vocabulary that aren't too demanding, this chapter book is lots of fun.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558583733
  • Publisher: North-South Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/1945
  • Pages: 63
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.91 (w) x 8.57 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Hans de Beer was born in Muiden, a small town near Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. He studied illustration at the Rietveld Academy of Art in Amsterdam. Hans de Beer's Little Polar Bear books enjoy great international success. They have been published in 18

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