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Here Comes Frankie! Hardcover – Illustrated, 6 Jun 2008


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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; 1 edition (6 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405092718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405092715
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 22.9 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,541,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tim Hopgood is an award-winning picture book author and illustrator.

His first book,'Our Big Blue Sofa' won the Cambridgeshire 'Read It Again!' Award in 2007. This was followed by 'A Dog Called Rod' which was shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book of the Year Award 2008 and the British Book Design Awards 2007. In 2008, Tim won the Booktrust Early Years Award for Best Emerging Illustrator for 'Here Comes Frankie!', which was also nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Tim's first book for younger readers,'Wow! Said The Owl' was shortlisted for the Booktrust Early Years Award 2009 and is his first book to be published in the USA. Tim's latest book, 'What A Wonderful World' is a picture book version of the song made famous by Louis Armstrong.

As a freelance illustrator, his work has appeared in Tatler Magazine, Harpers & Queen, GQ and Joyce. Other clients include: The National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Court Theatre, Kyle Cathie Publishers, Quadrille Publishing and the Institute of Contemporary Art.

In an interview with Madelyn Travis, for Booktrust, Tim says "When I'm writing, I like to work in silence, but when I'm drawing and painting I listen to music played loud on my old stereo. Two of my favourite albums to work to are 'Kind of Blue' by Miles Davies and 'Songs In The Key of Life' by Stevie Wonder."

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Wonderfully warm, cheerful and eloquent . . . a treat (Financial Times)

Gloriously uplifting (Daily Mail)

Truly inspired and infectiously optimistic -- this book is irresistible (Carousel)

Musical magic on the page . . . fantastic! (Booktrust) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Frankie is a quiet boy. He lives on a quiet street, with his quiet parents and his quiet dog and cat. But when Frankie decides to learn the trumpet, the most incredible things happen! Colours, shapes and smells appear and everything begins to change. It looks as though life for quiet Frankie will never be quite the same...

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ELH Browning VINE VOICE on 4 July 2008
Format: Hardcover
What a smashing book! Here came Frankie, into our house, and he was an immediate hit. From a gentle start, this story is soon bursting with colour and life. Frankie is a quiet child living in a serene house in a neat street with sensible parents. His dad is able to read in silence for hours while his Mum enjoys peace and quiet with her crossword. As the mother of three (3,6&7) it sounds like bliss but life in Ellington Avenue looks a little dull...... until Frankie decides he'd like to learn the trumpet and as he plays colour creeps into the gorgeously-textured pictures.
The notes from the trumpet are a rainbow of glossy colour, a fruit salad of music bursting forth like a carnival across the pages. And Frankie's parents begin to tap their feet to the music and the street begins to dance. Bright and bold, this book is a refreshing reminder to parents that peace and quiet is not always what it's cracked up to be. Children should be having noisy, and as you can't beat them, join them!
In addition to being a lovely story, this book introduces the thought-provoking idea for preschool and KS1 children (2-7), what colour different sounds might be, the pictures a melody might elicit in your imagination, and what they inspire in your different senses. My daughter (7) was fascinated by the thought that for some people (synaesthetes) sound, colour, shape and smell and so interlinked that that musicians and artists (e.g. Kandinsky) can see and hear their work in a multisensory way. Brilliant!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gillian Gribbin on 2 July 2008
Format: Hardcover
Another lovely book from Tim Hopgood. I have bought Our Big Blue Sofa; A Dog Called Rod and now Frankie for my niece and she loves them all. The stories are a delight and the illustrations are so original. Sure to captivate a child's imagination and adults don't tire of reading them too. In this latest book Frankie learns the trumpet and discovers he is a synaesthete who sees and smells music!
PS. Always check inside the front and back covers..full of zany little comments and observations..the funny little things that kids notice and adults miss..except Hopgood, of course!
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Format: Paperback
I wrote a dissertation on Synaesthesia 10 years ago and was used to most people having never heard of it. Imagine my surprise when I found it the subject of a children's book. Perhaps children find the concept easier to grasp than grown-ups so all credit to Tim Hopgood for introducing it in this way.

But that's not why I love this book. It's the illustrations, the most outstanding, beautiful, inspirational designs that fill up every inch of every page. If only they had scratch 'n' sniff bits to complete the multi-sensory experience! The pictures seem so restrained sitting within the confines of a book that I want to buy another copy so I can frame some of them for my daughter's wall so they can burst out into her room.

As for the story, there is a page where Frankie's parents are too absorbed in their own pursuits to pay attention to him. It left me feeling a little guilty due to it's familiarity... A reminder that sometimes we should all just put down what we are all doing, whack the stereo on and have a bit of a sing and dance!
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By dmcnabb TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Oct. 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book because my sons name is frankie and I bought it for him. The book was surprisingly wonderful. Although its a paperback it's more durable than other paperbacks we have. The story of frankies boring quiet parents is pictured really well. The layout of the words on the pages is interesting as its not in the standard layout and is written in different sizes and directions. The usage of colour in the book is fantastic. There are brig vibrant colours as frankie encourages noise in his world and as people embrace it. It is a fantastic story and I highly recommend it to anyone. It's a true celebration of embracing who you are and the things one likes.
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