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Young Frank, Architect
by Frank Viva


Overview - An award-winning illustrator ("Along a Long Road") paints a colorful portrait of a young boy and his architect grandfather, both named Frank, and their visit the The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Full color.  Read more...

 
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Overview
An award-winning illustrator ("Along a Long Road") paints a colorful portrait of a young boy and his architect grandfather, both named Frank, and their visit the The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Full color.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780870708930
  • ISBN-10: 0870708937
  • Publisher: Museum of Modern Art
  • Publish Date: September 2013
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 3-7
  • Dimensions: 11.9 x 9.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.14 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Art & Architecture

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-07-22
  • Reviewer: Staff

Wearing matching bow ties, straw boaters, and Philip Johnson–inspired spectacles, Old Frank and his grandson, Young Frank, debate the definition of architecture. When Young Frank crafts “a chair using toilet paper rolls,” Old Frank argues, “You can’t really sit in this one, can you?” When Young Frank makes “a skyscraper out of books,” Old Frank sputters, “Buildings should be straight.” To sort things out, they head to “the museum” (MoMA, of course) and find a few surprises, including a “wiggly chair designed by an architect named Frank” and a “twisted tower by an architect named Frank.” Since Frank Gehry created his corrugated-cardboard chair in 1972, and Frank Lloyd Wright died in 1959, this intergenerational battle is a bit behind the times. Yet Viva (A Long Way Away) revels in midcentury modern styles, picturing his throwback characters and Manhattan cityscapes in wavery ink lines and a muted palette. Besides implying the fading distinctions between architecture and design, Viva sends the Franks home to construct experimental towers from bottles, blocks, and cookies—spontaneous play any budding architect can appreciate. Ages 3–7. Agent: Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency. (Sept.)

 
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