Frank and Lucky Get Schooled (Hardcover)
Greenwillow Books, 9780062373458, 32pp.
Publication Date: June 14, 2016
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 beautifully illustrated, humorous, and insightful picture book offers a new twist on the classic boy-and-his-dog story!
On a rainy day, Frank’s parents take him to the shelter to get a new dog. That’s how Frank finds Lucky, and from that moment on, they’re inseparable. As Frank and Lucky venture out into the world around them, they discover they both have a lot to learn. Exploring their neighborhood teaches them about biology: Lucky learns all about squirrels, deer, and—unfortunately for Frank—skunks. Sharing a bed teaches them about fractions—what happens when one dog takes up three-quarters of the bed, or even the whole thing? They even learn different languages: Frank makes a friend who speaks Spanish and Lucky tries to learn Duck! Who knew you could learn so much without ever setting foot inside a classroom?
Praise For Frank and Lucky Get Schooled…
“Ideas, motifs, and characters pop in and out in surprising but logical ways, and Perkins varies the page design…to keep everybody’s thinking caps firmly affixed. The strands of school and life, boy and dog, and curiosity and investigation are firmly, joyfully, braided throughout.”
“Newbery Medalist Perkins (Criss Cross) offers a simultaneously lighthearted and insightful look at education, in this story starring a boy and his newly rescued dog…[Perkins] brings a warm, conversational tone to the narrative…[and] demonstrates the value and rewards of investigating one’s world, whether human or dog.”
“When an unlucky boy and a lost dog find each other, their friendship leads to a lot of learning. …Perkins’ pen-and-ink-and-watercolor illustrations use vignettes and speech/thought bubbles to marvelous effect. …this book should open readers’ eyes to the learning all around them.”
“Perkins’s lighthearted pen-and-ink and watercolor vignettes take the pair through the seasons and multiple small escapades. This gentle, funny, engaging way of demonstrating how the world fits together and how living creatures understand it in their own ways is a fine celebration of learning.”
“Perkins has a knack for elegantly, playfully distilling the essence of the world, and in doing so, making readers feel lucky to be alive. This delightful story of a boy and his beloved pooch...[is] fresh, profound, and just plain fun.”
“An endearing riff on life with a dog and a humorous take on early education...The breadth and easy local applicability makes this perfect for homeschoolers, but the combination of humor and gentle wonder will perk up any classroom—or young mind.”
“Informative and entertaining, Frank and Lucky Get Schooled is an A+ picture book in every way.”
“Perkins’ playful, multidisciplinary picture book follows the boy and his dog as they get to know each other and learn about the world…The wide variety of subjects is engrossing, but it’s the bond between Frank and Lucky that steals the show.”
“Perkins gives young readers the story of a dog and his boy, and gives adults a terrific opportunity to show that you can learn things in all sorts of ways! This is a charmer!”