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Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000 (series #2) PDF Print E-mail













What You Need to Know:
• Frankie Pickle is the star of this winning new series. He is a fearless fourth grader with a very vivid imagination.
• Kids who enjoy graphic novels, super heroes, and just plain funny stuff will eat these books for breakfast.
• The format of the books in this series is a hybrid graphic novel and early chapter book, a perfect combination for a
   young, newly independent reader you are looking to get "hooked" on reading!
• This particular format is a good confidence booster for a fledgling reader. The appealing sequential-paneled episodes
   interspersed throughout the book (read comic strips), give a fledgling reader a place to rest after reading a few
   pages of text. A rest they will likely need as they are starting out.
• I predict the interest level will span a large age range. My five year old son was entranced while I read it to him.
   Subsequently, after leaving it lying around conspicuously, my ten year old son picked it up and read it in the
   time he would have spent playing a video game (score!).
• As of 2/10, there are two books in the series published, hopefully with more to come.
Sweet Series Background:
Frankie Pickle has one vivid imagination. Frankie and his trusted sidekick Argyle (the family dog) face their adventures together. Frankie gets into all sorts of challenging situations, that young boys are known to find themselves in. But Frankie handles them with a dose of imaginative bravado and real life cleverness. Everytime he finds himself in the middle of problem or distracted by an exciting thought, he becomes a superhero in his mind. The reader is then treated to a comic strip sequence of Frankie's imagined adventure. Written and drawn by Eric Wight's sure hand, your young reader really is in for a treat. Wight's humor is sophiticated enough that older readers (and parents) can enjoy it, but it can also be enjoyed more simply by the youngest readers. That's a tricky span Wight has bridged. Pure and simple genius.
Sweet Book Summary:
In this installment of Frankie Pickle, Frankie is desperately trying to win enough Possum Points to move up in rank in the Possum Scouts. But with his miserable knot tying skills, he seems doomed to stay behind while the rest of his troop moves up a level. And to make matters worse, the Marsupial Mom (read Den Mother) denying him advancement, is his own MOM! The knot tying is going nowhere, but there is the Pine Run 3000. If Frankie can build a car and win the race he could advance in the scouts with the rest of the troop. But building a car is not easy. Frankie finally allows his Dad to help, and while he doesn't win the whole race, he wins something else that finally allows him to move up in rank, fair and square. This adventure is as enjoyable as the first in this series, and hopefully Eric Wight will treat us to more Frankie Pickle really soon!
Author: Eric Wight Illustrator: Eric Wight Published: 2010, 96 pages
Themes: Graphic Novel, Humor, Adventure, Books for Boys
If You Liked This Book, Try:
Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom, Eric Wight
The Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute (#1), Jared J. Krosoczka
Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot Collection (Books 1-4), RIcky Ricotta, Dav Pilkey
This recommendation was written by: Melissa Y.
 

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