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The Frank Show Paperback – 7 Jun 2012
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“David Mackintosh's lovely people-filled drawings and witty text introduce us to Grandpa Frank” – Independent
“The story delivers a positive message with subversive wit and charm” – The Irish Times
“A quirky book that bridges the age gap” – Junior Magazine
“Mackintosh’s anarchic illustrations are hilarious but there’s a serious point about how much the older generation has to offer children, including loads of fun.” – The Herald
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“…features a wonderfully eccentric title character. Utterly unpredictable from one page to the next, this is a seriously funny book.” The Independent On Sunday
“A sophisticated combination of faux-naïve pencil drawing, collage and varied layouts makes David Mackintosh’s Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School striking.” Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times Culture
“…a beautifully illustrated first book from the writer and illustrator David Mackintosh.” Daisy Bridgewater, Telegraph Magazine
“Even very young readers will … enjoy how Mackintosh’s beautifully underplayed text and genial drawings manage to be empathic to both the leery narrator and the serenely outré object of his misapprehension. Without a whiff of pedantry, Mackintosh skillfully dismantles the narrator’s defenses and bonds him to Marshall Armstrong, all the while proving that fun doesn’t always fit within the confines of one’s comfort zone.” Publishers Weekly
“I think this book is fantastic because I can read it myself and I love the pictures and the way it looks. The story is really, really good and fantastic because it's strange and weird.” Child’s review on the Guardian’s children’s book site.
About the Author
David Mackintosh was born in Belfast and grew up in Australia. He is a graphic designer, art director and illustrator. His innovative book designs have won him numerous awards in Britain and internationally, and has collaborated with some of the most celebrated names in children’s publishing.
He lives in noisy London, plays the guitar and his favourite flavour is coconut and if they don't have that, pistachio.
Top customer reviews
The kids in school have to talk for a full minute about someone in their family. The boy asks his mum and dad if he can talk about them, but they are too busy. So the only person left to talk about is his granddad Frank and he is only an old boring granddad.
The book has a fab little message, even though the boy thinks Frank is boring others don't and he ends up being the star of the show. Everyone thinks Frank is so interesting and when he talks about old times, they find out that he was a real hero. The boy's best-friend Tom ends up wanting to come over just to see Frank again.
You might wonder why I keep saying the boy, well no name was given for him and it really done my head in but my daughter never even noticed. Overall a wonderful little book that will be read again and again. I think most will enjoy this but especially the boys.
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Simply a cute little book with great illustrations and a gift that I'm sure most grandpas and grandmas would love to bequeath to their grandchildren, as I know I did. A nice change of pace from the average kid's book.
How many children can really picture their grandfathers as vibrant young men? This book provides the opportunity to talk about Grandpa's youthful adventures and may surprise many a child along the way.
Downcast and mortified the narrator (an unnamed boy) has no alternative but to bring his grandpa to school, present him to his class and try to get through this horrific experience. The boy approaches his assigned presentation like he is headed for the gallows. Mackintosh draws him alone and in grey, while his classmates laugh and shout in colour on the opposite page. The illustrations are a combination of ink, pencil drawings, paper collages and photos. He uses a great color pallet, just perfect for the storyline.
What the boy discovers is truly remarkable. His grandpa starts spinning stories that mesmerize the whole class. Grandpa can eat pickled onions right out of the pickle jar, he can catch a fly with his bare hands and let it go again, he has a rubber band ball that is twenty-eight years old and he even has a cool tattoo!!! The class in enamoured with Frank's grandpa. He is a big hit and they treat him like a rock star.
We are reminded that every one has a story and (a life) before they become a grandpa. It is so worthwhile to bridge that generation gap and take time to sit down and listen to the elders around you. These older people are filled with wisdom and knowledge that I am sure they would love to share with you. Make an effort to find out what stories are buried deep inside your grandad (or grandma) and you will be much richer for knowing them.
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