Written and illustrated By: Connah Brecon
Published By: Running Press Kids, September 30th, 2014
Themes/Topics: running late, excuses, making time
Suitable for ages: 3-7
Frank was late. Frank was always late.
Frank the bear is always late. It’s because he likes to help people out. His reasons sure sound like outrageous excuses to his teacher, like when he misses the school bus because he helps out some busking pigeons. But sometimes even outlandish stories are true and everyone is glad of Frank’s extraordinary helping-gift when he actually arrives as the bell rings on the fifth day of school, just at the same time as an unusual and possibly deadly threat to the class! The illustrations are quirky, bold and bright.
Why I like This Book:
Released this week, FRANK has all the silliness of a Mac Burnett or an Adam Lehrhaupt picture book! Helping others out is a subtle message that’s couched in some crazy scenarios that will have kids giggling. Our western cultures are very time oriented and one thing I loved (and hated) about living in non-western cultures was the time people made for each other, this story reminded me of that.
Make up a list of outlandish reasons why you might be late to school, then pick the best and write a story about it and illustrate it!
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