By Donna W. Earnhardt. Illustrated by Andrea Castellani.
Published by Flashlight Press in 2012
Being Frank is another debut picture book. It’s the brain-child of my sweet friend, Donna W. Earnhardt. She, like Tameka, was also a Mudskipper. We did some serious critiquing and had a lot of fun in that critique group.
Are you seeing yet how important it is to participate in an honest critique group?
Being Frank is a delightfully funny story about a boy named “Frank” who learns the painful way that being totally “frank” isn’t always the best policy. The story reinforces the truth that the truth is always best, but sometimes the truth needs to be a little sugar-coated.
I love the way Donna named her characters silly but significant names in this book. The characters include friends like Dotty and Carol; adults like his teacher Ms. Zaroma and his principal Mr. Wiggins; Mom and Frank’s wise old toenail-clipping Grandpa. Can you guess why their names are significant? No? Read the book!
The elementary-aged kids in your life will love watching Frank learn a valuable lesson while they have a good laugh.
Oh! Did I mention that Being Frank has been translated into other languages and was a teacher favorite in England?
Little books often travel to faraway places.
Thanks for an adorable story that teaches a complicated social skill, Donna! I’m proud to be your writing buddy.