Frank and Ernest

Frank and Ernest Cover

Frank and Ernest

By Alexandra Day; Alexandra Day (Illustrator)

Laughing Elephant, Hardcover, 9781595834249, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 17, 2010

Description

First published in 1988 and now back by popular demand, Good Dog, Carl illustrator Alexandra Day’s Frank and Ernest is the entertaining tale of a bear and an elephant who learn to run a diner.  The charming illustrations of the Deco-era diner and the novelty of its animal employees will appeal to children, but the diner slang that Frank and Ernest learn and use will delight parents and children alike.  Frank and Ernest will reveal the meaning of “burn one, take it through the garden and pin a rose on it,” “a stack with Vermont and a blonde with sand,” as well as “guess water,” “balloon juice,” and “million on a platter.”  As in her popular Carl books Day excels at visual jokes and loving detail, but in Frank and Ernest the text is as delightful as the pictures. 

 

  • In skillfully executed paintings Day depicts a diner that is sure to evoke nostalgia among old-timers.  Children should enjoy adding these novelties to their vocabularies, and making the connections that inspired the descriptions is good fun.  Kirkus Reviews
  • Clever and original, this playful romp serves up its message with a smile.  It’s bound to become standard fare…. School Library Journal
  • Frank, appearing as Elephant, and Ernest, as Bear, answer an ad for someone to run human-shaped Mrs Miller's diner for her.  Bibliophiles that they are, the friends research the lingo of the diner restaurant trade, and with grace and aplomb they serve a "bow-wow. . . red" (hot dog with ketchup), "nervous pudding," (Jell-O"), and "white cow" (vanilla milk shake"). Alexandra Day's paintings render a mannerly world of measured language and punctilious decorum.  Mrs. Miller returns safely from her trip, and we are enveloped in nostalgia--it was all so recent, so very long ago. Peter F. Neumeyer. -  Professor Emeritus University of California, Berkeley.  Author and recipient of the Ann Devereaux Jordan Award by The Children's Literature Association.


About the Author
Alexandra Day is the pseudonym for Sandra Louise Woodward Darling. She is the author of "Good Dog, Carl" and the rest of the beloved Carl books, including "Carl Goes Shopping", "Carl s Christmas", "Carl s Birthday" and "Carl s Snowy Afternoon". Darling was born in 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to a large and close-knit family. Painting was a popular family recreation, and almost every family excursion included one or more easels and a variety of sketch pads, chalks, paints, and pencils. For four years, the family lived on a hundred-acre farm in Kentucky. Here young Sandra grew especially fond of riding and training horses, and became a dog owner for the first time. Living in the country also provided plenty of time for reading, a life-long passion.
Sandra illustrated her first book in 1983: "The Teddy Bears' Picnic", a popular children's song by Jimmy Kennedy. That same year, she was visiting Zurich, Switzerland, when she came across a volume of old German picture sheets, one of which featured a poodle playing with a baby who was supposed to be taking a nap. This image proved the inspiration for "Good Dog, Carl". The Darlings' own dog, a Rottweiler named Toby, was the model for the book's main character. Since then, two other Darling Rottweilers have posed as Carl in the seven sequels: the late Arambarri, who was named for one of the Darlings' favorite jai alai players; and Zabala, who currently moonlights as an Our Best Friend therapy dog, visiting hospitals to cheer patients.
About her work Sandra says: ""I think that one of the reasons my illustrations have appealed to people is that they can sense my sincerity. I know that marvels exist which are just outside our ordinary experience, but that at any moment we may turn a corner and encounter one of them. Children also believe this, and because they and I have this conviction in common, we, as creator and audience, make good partners."" Sandra lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband, Harold.

Alexandra Day is the pseudonym for Sandra Louise Woodward Darling. She is the author of "Good Dog, Carl" and the rest of the beloved Carl books, including "Carl Goes Shopping", "Carl s Christmas", "Carl s Birthday" and "Carl s Snowy Afternoon". Darling was born in 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to a large and close-knit family. Painting was a popular family recreation, and almost every family excursion included one or more easels and a variety of sketch pads, chalks, paints, and pencils. For four years, the family lived on a hundred-acre farm in Kentucky. Here young Sandra grew especially fond of riding and training horses, and became a dog owner for the first time. Living in the country also provided plenty of time for reading, a life-long passion.
Sandra illustrated her first book in 1983: "The Teddy Bears' Picnic", a popular children's song by Jimmy Kennedy. That same year, she was visiting Zurich, Switzerland, when she came across a volume of old German picture sheets, one of which featured a poodle playing with a baby who was supposed to be taking a nap. This image proved the inspiration for "Good Dog, Carl". The Darlings' own dog, a Rottweiler named Toby, was the model for the book's main character. Since then, two other Darling Rottweilers have posed as Carl in the seven sequels: the late Arambarri, who was named for one of the Darlings' favorite jai alai players; and Zabala, who currently moonlights as an Our Best Friend therapy dog, visiting hospitals to cheer patients.
About her work Sandra says: ""I think that one of the reasons my illustrations have appealed to people is that they can sense my sincerity. I know that marvels exist which are just outside our ordinary experience, but that at any moment we may turn a corner and encounter one of them. Children also believe this, and because they and I have this conviction in common, we, as creator and audience, make good partners."" Sandra lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband, Harold.


Praise For Frank and Ernest

In skillfully executed paintings Day depicts a diner that is sure to evoke nostalgia among old-timers.  Children should enjoy adding these novelties to their vocabularies, and making the connections that inspired the descriptions is good fun.  Kirkus Reviews, 1988

Clever and original, this playful romp serves up its message with a smile.  It’s bound to become standard fare…. School Library Journal, 1988 (starred review)

Frank, appearing as Elephant, and Ernest, as Bear, answer an ad for someone to run human-shaped Mrs Miller's diner for her.  Bibliophiles that they are, the friends research the lingo of the diner restaurant trade, and with grace and aplomb they serve a "bow-wow. . . red" (hot dog with ketchup), "nervous pudding," (Jell-O"), and "white cow" (vanilla milk shake"). Alexandra Day's paintings render a mannerly world of measured language and punctilious decorum.  Mrs. Miller returns safely from her trip, and we are enveloped in nostalgia--it was all so recent, so very long ago. Peter F. Neumeyer. -  Professor Emeritus University of California, Berkeley.  Author and recipient of the Ann Devereaux Jordan Award by The Children's Literature Association.

Praise for Alexandra Day's previous works:

Move over, Mary Poppins - Publisher's Weekly

Day is a master of sweet but not cloying illustration. Her colors are bright and clear; her animals and children expressive and appealing. - School Library Journal