Item description for Frannie And Pickles: Frannie And Pickles by Preston McClear...
Frannie and her dog Pickles are best friends. One day Frannie and Pickles decide it would be great fun to trade places for a day. Laugh out loud as Frannie goes to the dogs while Pickles begins to think like a man!
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 11.5" Height: 9" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Nov 30, 2003
Publisher Malibu Books for Children
ISBN 1929084137 ISBN13 9781929084135
Reviews - What do customers think about Frannie And Pickles: Frannie And Pickles?
One-dimensional story line lacking humor Feb 6, 2007
I bought this book based on the good reviews I read in this site. The book is mediocre in my opinion. The story is about a woman that slowly becomes like her dog, and the dog that slowly becomes like her owner. You would think with that plot the book would be entertaining and funny. Unfortunately, the author did not explore the concept with wit or humor. So the book is just a series of vignettes with no character development (other than the transformation), and after you finish it you feel disappointed that there was not more to it than that. I only read it once to my children and I don't feel like reading it again. My kids (4 and 5) have not asked for it again. Get yourself a Bill Pete or Dr Seuss book instead.
Classic Style of Storytelling & More Fun than a Carnival May 17, 2005
This is a wonderful tale and a beautiful book, one I am thrilled to add to my collection of children's books to cherish and read again. Frannie and Pickles is truly a significant contribution to modern children's literature, yet the author has a classic style of storytelling comparable to that of Beatrix Potter and L. Frank Baum.
The story of best friends, a woman and a dog, switching places for the day is zany and amazing fun. I loved their adventures. And I love how a great book makes me feel. This story reminded me of many book and movie adventures I enjoyed in childhood. After reading this story, I found myself reminiscing about great Disney films like The Parent Trap, The Apple Dumpling Gang, and The Jungle Book. I also found myself thinking about wonderful books I read growing up like The Brave Little Tailor, Johnny Appleseed, Rikki Tikki Tavi, and for some reason, Oliver Twist. I believe Mr. McClear's fantastic ability to tell a good story brought about my fond memories of these classic tales.
Great literature is very powerful and has the ability to make us laugh, cry, and reminisce. Frannie and Pickles does all of these things. I am looking forward to reading it again.
J.H. Sweet, author of The Fairy Chronicles
Good story, GREAT illustrations Mar 13, 2004
Preston McClear's story of an eccentric woman and her dog's change-of-places is clever and fun, but what really sends this book over the top are Nicholas Dollak's intricate, subtle, and humorously subversive illustrations.
Children will love the fantastic nature of Dollak's images - from Frannie's high-piled hair (and the like-shaped scarf and nightcap with which she covers it) to the unusual collage of materials used to decorate her home's walls. Even more pleasing are the numerous "easter egg" details planted in the peripheries of the pages - the mice that rule the cat, the flag-waving lizards at the imaginary race, the recurring planes and birds in flight, and much more. Even very young children will enjoy playing "what's that?" or "where's the ladybug?" with Dollak's detailed, colorful pictures.
The story of Frannie's relationship with her dog Pickles will appeal to young ones as an engaging, silly story of role-reversal; those children who've taken a turn at the family pet's water dish will no doubt find a certain amount of confirmation here. At the same time, older children will find valuable underlying social ideals, such as treating others as you'd like to be treated, and imaging yourself in someone else's place, all couched in a clever and engaging context.
Did I mention the pipe smoking, hat-wearing squirrels? Story: 4 stars, illustrations: 6 stars.
A surprising and amusing children's story Feb 18, 2004
FRANNIE AND PICKLES is an amusing story about a woman, Frannie, and her best friend, Pickles the dog. One day they decide to trade roles in life. It's a startling and surprising transition. I've never seen any children's story like this! Preston McClear's narrative is engaging, and Nicholas Dollak's illustrations are vibrant and endearing. Though I have to disagree with age recommendation listed on this page. I think the bar needs to be lowered by about two years; rather than 4-8, I think FRANNIE AND PICKLES is best suited for something more along the lines of 2-6.
My mom is training in early childhood education, so I naturally offered her a look at the book. She found FRANNIE AND PICKLES so unusual and surprising that I ended up giving her my copy to share with the children at her daycare center.
"Hilarious!" Feb 17, 2004
That's the verdict from my six-year-old on Frannie and Pickles, a whimsically illustrated story of the special bond between an elderly woman and her animal companion. The bond intensifies page by page. Somehow, Frannie becomes her dog Pickles, and vice versa. Frannie catches a Frisbee in her mouth. Pickles wins a bridge game. While my son was laughing at the narrative, my two-year-old enjoyed searching the delicately detailed pictures for the subtext story of a gang of mice who are terrorizing cats. What were those mice going to do next? In a corner of the final page, the barbarous mice, in caveman skins, are gathered around a tiny barbecue. No! Are they going to eat roasted cat!? My family goes through stacks of children's library books and finds that an occasional book is a definite "keeper." This book is one of those you can read over and over for new discoveries; the story is so subtle and poetic that there endless messages to be gleaned from it. My six-year-old and I discussed a different ethical aspect of how living beings treat one another at each reading. My two-year-old never tired of looking for those mice! Buy this book--it's a lovely holiday gift for sensitive, thinking families who value compassion towards animals and a good joke. I'm still chuckling over that heart tattoo on Frannie that read "Pickles 4-ever!" --Reviewed by Deborah Salazar