Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Lynne Rae Perkins introduces a boy (Frank) and a dog (Lucky) in this celebratory, wry, and happily unconventional introduction to the subjects children encounter in school.
This title will be released on June 14, 2016.
The wonderful thing about reading is that you are also learning as you go, so it’s the perfect summer time activity when school is not in session. I was slightly surprised at how much Brooke loved the new children’s book by Lynne Rae Perkins because we are a cat family and this book is about a boy and his dog. However, the writing is smart, the illustrations are interesting, and the book is genuinely insightful since it’s dealing with real lessons that are learned outside the classroom in the real world. The motive is not heavy handed and it gave Brooke and I some great opportunities to talk about all sorts of subjects when I initially thought the subject matter would be more centrally focused on the relationship between a boy and his dog.
In Frank and Lucky Get Schooled, Lucky is rescued by his new owner, Frank, who discovers him at his local animal shelter. These inseparable best friends love to explore outdoors and while we were not entirely sure how much time passes between the beginning and end of the book, there are many occasions, such as a birthday, to let readers know that Frank and Lucky are growing up together and have lots of new and exciting things to learn. There are gentle lessons on subjects ranging from math to biology to language that they discover through their life experiences and not from sitting in a classroom. If you can make fractions fun by talking about sharing a bed with your animal friend, you are doing something right as a children’s author! This is a light and breezy book that gets your mind going, so I’m including this on my list as a perfect summer read.
About the Author/Illustrator: Lynne Rae Perkins was awarded the Newbery Medal for Criss Cross. She is the author of three other novels—All Alone in the Universe, As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth, and Nuts to You. Lynne Rae Perkins has also written and illustrated several picture books, including The Broken Cat; Snow Music, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and a Book Sense Top Ten Pick; Pictures from Our Vacation; and The Cardboard Piano. The author lives with her family in northern Michigan.
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