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Frankie Pickle and Booklights

With Father’s Day coming up, today’s post at Booklights features three picture books about dads. I didn’t select my personal favorites, choosing instead to highlight ones that were a little bit different. Head over and add your recommendations in the comments. Oh, I also mentioned Book Dads as a website/blog devoted to finding books that feature positive images of fatherhood. Just a site you should know, if you don’t already.

I had all these mighty plans to review like the wind this week, but I am beat. Really beat. I know that the period between mid-April and mid-June is crazy-busy for me, but I’m usually able to keep enough in reserve to make it to the end without falling apart. This time I’m crawling to the finish line.

The house is a disaster. It wasn’t great anyway, as I’d let the cleaning fall back in order to tackle other more pressing projects. But now as the school papers come home, it’s a nightmare. But there is one good thing about it. Perfect jumping off point to introduce...

Frankie Pickle and the Closet of DoomFrankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom, by Eric Wight. Frankie is a hero in his own mind, tackling mighty adventures even without the benefit of the dryer-sheet cape he hopes to make. Real life keeps pulling him back, specifically in the form of a mom who wants him to clean his room. When nagging fails, a bargain is struck, leaving Frankie to enjoy his squalor in peace. Or at least until it gets truly out of control. And then there’s that mysterious smell...

Graphic novel sections of Frankie’s imagined adventures lend a sense of fun to the story of a regular boy. It’s like a boy version of Judy Moody meets Babymouse meets Indiana Jones. This great early chapter book, with lots of humor and fun, is one to watch for a sequel.

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