Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Frank and Beans and the Grouchy Neighbor

"Always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else." This verse from 1 Thessalonians 5:15 provides the foundation for Kathy-jo Wargin's early reader Frank and Beans and the Grouchy Neighbor.
Frank and his loyal beagle, Beans, are excited to go on a family fishing trip, until they realize Frank's mom has invited Mr. Granger to come along. Mr. Granger is their grumpy neighbor who doesn't like dogs. Frank and Beans pout, even though Frank's mom explains God wants us to share our time with others. Indeed, the trip seems destined for disaster. Beans eats all Mr. Granger's cookies, loses Mr. Granger's prize fish, and makes Mr. Granger fall off the dock and into the water. However, after Frank jumps in the water to rescue Beans, Mr. Granger surprises everyone by laughing.

Mr. Granger learns being lonely makes him grumpy, and Frank learns sharing his time can bless other people. They forgive each other, and have a fun fish dinner. Mr. Granger even shares his fish with Beans!

What I Like: Everything. They pictures are realistic, bright, and support the text, giving readers clues to new vocabulary words. The biblical message is clear, simple, and easy for young children to relate to. Best of all, the story is funny and engaging, and will appeal to all readers (but especially to boys with dogs).

What I Dislike: Nothing.

Overall Rating: Excellent

Age Appeal: 4-7

Publisher Info: Zonderkidz, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-310-71849-9; Paperback, 32 pages, $3.99

Buy it Now at Christianbook.com for $2.99

OR Buy it at Amazon.com for $3.99.

Special Info: Check out our review of Frank and Beans and the Scary Campout here.

Bookmark and Share


Anonymous said...

This looks right up my special needs son's alley;)

Thanks for blessing us with this information!

Erin said...

I am glad to help. There are at least two other books in the "Frank and Beans" series as well, and they are equally good. Blessings, Erin