Friday, October 25, 2019

"Frank and Bean" - a bookwrap

Opposites do attract! 


Authored by Jamie Michalak
Illustrated by Bob Kolar

* Ages:  5-8
* Grades:  K-3
* Hardcover:  48 pages
* Publisher:  Candlewick
* Pub. Date:  October 8, 2019
* Language:  English

Unwrapping Some Fun Illustrations for You 

Unwrapping the Book 

This fun book is divided into four chapters and is perfect for a beginning reader.  Frank is a quiet introvert who covets his secret notebook.  He loves to be alone so he can compose his thoughts and ideas in private.  Bean, on the other hand, is a  LOUD musician who loves to BLAST his trumpet, BEAT is drums, STRIKE his triangle, RRRROAR on his motorbike and BANG on his gong.  What happens when theses total opposites find themselves camping out side-by-side.  Oh my! 

Frank is annoyed at the audacity of Bean who continually  interferes with the quiet, calm, meditative life he desires to pursue.   How dare Bean be so unbearably loud when Frank needs alone time to think and write in his sacred notebook with no disruptions.  

Although Bean has his instrumental musical skills there is one skill that he is lacking... he cannot adequately compose lyrics to his music.  Frank has stockpiled tons of words.  He is frightened to share them with anyone so they lay dormant in his secret notebook with no place to go and nobody to hear them.  Could the two perhaps help each other out and blend their talents so each would have a creative outlet that is meaningful, not to mention, fulfilling for both of them?  

This humourous tale will have kids engaged from the very first page.  The illustrations are witty and expressive. They enrich the text greatly.  Young and old will fall in love with Frank and Bean and their harmonious friendship.  I highly recommend this book.

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS ++!!!!!

Meet the Author

Jamie Michalak is the author of more than thirty children's books, including the highly praised Joe and Sparky series of early readers and SO YOU WANT TO CATCH BIGFOOT? 

When not writing, she can be found racing cars, walking planks, or riding in the Millennium Falcon with her two sons. Jamie was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, and grew up in the same neighborhood where Dr. Seuss once lived. She now resides in Barrington, Rhode Island. 

About the Illustrator

Hello, I'm Bob. My job is to make fun stuff for kids. I start out with stories and they usually turn into books, sometimes toys, occasionally a TV show. I grew up in a little town outside of Cleveland called Grafton, Ohio. I studied at Columbus College of Art & Design and Syracuse University. Growing up I watched cartoons and dreamed I'd become a farmer, jungle guide, race car driver, paleontologist, or astronaut (depending on the day). Being a children's book creator has been the next best thing.

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