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Hilarious Early Chapter Book for Boys, Frankie Pickle

January 2, 2011

Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000
written and illustrated by Eric Wight
Simon and Schuster, 2010
early chapter book / graphic (cartoon) novel

Frankie aka. Frankie Pickle, isn’t doing so well in Possum Scouts. He’s failed the knot-tying badge and can’t move from Pygmy to Shrew with everyone else.  His only hope is to win the model car race, the Pine Run 3000. Except, Frankie declines his father’s help and builds a creation that only some-what resembles a functional car. Frankie is in a pickle and he’ll have to ask for help in order to be a champion.

Frankie constantly gets distracted by his vivid imagination which is hilariously depicted in cartoons and where he becomes the awesome Frankie Pickle.  “Wonder Pickle, we pronounce you a member of the League of Awesome. Go forth with your awesomeness,” says his imagination’s superhero mom in one graphic.

Author and illustrator Eric Wight creates a thoroughly believable and lovable character – in fact, I’m pretty sure I know this kid.  Half graphic and half narrative novel with cartoon black and white illustrations on every page give kids plenty of picture context clues as they read. Frankie Pickle and the Pine 3000 is the second book in the Frankie Pickle series.

Book Play: Buy and make your own Pine Derby Model Race Car. Read more about it online at Boy’s Life.



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