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Frank and Lucky Get Schooled
by Lynne Rae Perkins


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Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Lynne Rae Perkins introduces a boy (Frank) and a dog (Lucky) in this celebratory, wry, and happily unconventional introduction to the subjects children encounter in school. This beautifully illustrated, humorous, and insightful picture book offers a new twist on the classic boy-and-his-dog story

On a rainy day, Frank's parents take him to the shelter to get a new dog.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Lynne Rae Perkins introduces a boy (Frank) and a dog (Lucky) in this celebratory, wry, and happily unconventional introduction to the subjects children encounter in school. This beautifully illustrated, humorous, and insightful picture book offers a new twist on the classic boy-and-his-dog story

On a rainy day, Frank's parents take him to the shelter to get a new dog. That's how Frank finds Lucky, and from that moment on, they're inseparable. As Frank and Lucky venture out into the world around them, they discover they both have a lot to learn. Exploring their neighborhood teaches them about biology: Lucky learns all about squirrels, deer, and--unfortunately for Frank--skunks. Sharing a bed teaches them about fractions--what happens when one dog takes up three-quarters of the bed, or even the whole thing? They even learn different languages: Frank makes a friend who speaks Spanish and Lucky tries to learn Duck Who knew you could learn so much without ever setting foot inside a classroom?


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780062373458
  • ISBN-10: 0062373455
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books
  • Publish Date: June 2016
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-8
  • Dimensions: 10.4 x 10.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-03-21
  • Reviewer: Staff

Newbery Medalist Perkins (Criss Cross) offers a simultaneously lighthearted and insightful look at education, in this story starring a boy and his newly rescued dog: “Both of them were just pups. They had a lot to learn.” Through Frank and Lucky’s relationship with each other and the natural world, Perkins creates a free-form curriculum that playfully introduces various disciplines. Lucky’s encounter with a skunk leads to an exploration of chemistry and experiments (such as which products will turn “smell molecules” into “not-so-smelly molecules”), while six side-by-side images of Lucky and Frank attempting to share a bed accompany the question, “How much of the bed is Lucky’s, and how much is Frank’s?” (“This is fractions and percentages,” writes Perkins. “The answer changes throughout the night.”) As Perkins comments on art, history, geography, and more, she brings a warm, conversational tone to the narrative, while her mixed-media pictures play up the story’s humor through the use of comics elements, including panel sequences and speech balloons. From interdisciplinary connections to unanswerable questions, Perkins demonstrates the value and rewards of investigating one’s world, whether human or dog. Ages 4–8. (June)

 
BookPage Reviews

Good dog, good boy

BookPage Children's Top Pick, June 2016

In her latest picture book, Lynne Rae Perkins celebrates the bond between a dog and his boy, while also celebrating the love of learning. 

Frank’s spectacularly bad day gets better when his parents take him to a shelter to get a new dog, and the day also improves significantly for Lucky the dog when Frank and his family show up to give him a new home and a better life. With that, a dynamic duo is born.

Both boy and dog have a lot to learn. “Lucky went to his school ten times,” Perkins writes. “Frank went to his school thousands of times. . . . Lucky did a lot of learning on his own.” It’s after this that Perkins launches into the kind of learning the boy and dog do in their daily lives—learning that is the inherent part of a curious child’s (and pet’s) day. There’s Science (exploring nature), Chemistry (cleaning your dog when he gets ticks while exploring nature), Math (Lucky attempts to maximize the number of biscuits he can get from his humans), Geography (readers see Frank on a map as he looks for Lucky, who gets lost while exploring), Spanish (Frank makes a new bilingual friend while trying to locate Lucky) and much more. 

Perkins’ textured illustrations, rendered via pen and ink and watercolors, use small panels on some spreads to break up the action, and this sets the pace for a detailed yet never hurried tale. Perkins takes advantage of every moment to launch her story, with illustrations that begin on the copyright page, before the readers even get to the first spread. The joy is in all these details—and in the seamless way Perkins shows the sheer amount of information boy and dog take in while enjoying each other’s company and exploring their worlds. Never once does the author get in the way of the story. 

Informative and entertaining, Frank and Lucky Get Schooled is an A+ picture book in every way.

 

This article was originally published in the June 2016 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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