When it comes down to the writing and the art, they both work but I'm probably more a fan of the latter than the former. Not that the plotting has anything wrong with it. Wight includes plenty of details that I've not seen done in a children's book before. For example, at one point Frankie falls through a veritable ocean of his own stuff. In doing so he is able to see all the stuff he might own in the past, present, and future. The rat sidekick in the beret is a nice touch. Or the robot with the catchphrase "It's Hammerin' Time". A pity it's not wearing Hammer Pants as well.
Finally, any book that shows a clean room and then calls it "a museum of awesome" has my love. Still, it's Wight's art that's the real draw.
There's a clean-lined, almost angular style to it. Wight takes the time to shake up the panels, angles, and fonts when needs be.
I'm also going to assume that it's not easy to constantly have to figure out where the written text, as opposed to the panel text, goes on a given page. In a comic book an artist has to be constantly aware of where the speech balloons and narrative appear. But at least the characters aren't constantly peeking out from behind a paragraph, or twisting to avoid a run-on sentence. On each page Wight has to constantly keep in mind where image gives way to text or text bows in the face of image.
He makes it look easy, and it's not. There's some sophisticated work going on behind the scenes here. Let's now talk about Frankie's mom. For reasons entirely of my own, Frankie's mom became my favorite character in the book sorry, Argyle.
Here's my reasoning on this. At one point in the novel Frankie pretends that he is defending the city against a malicious giant robot attack. Grateful Mayor Mom then enters the room and is wearing the greatest outfit of all time. It's kind of tiny, so you may miss it, but essentially she's decked out in a top hat, mayoral sash, and fishnet stockings. Between the grandmother in the Magic Trixie books sporting open toed leopard print boots and these stockings, children's literary fare is getting its share of eccentric outfitting.
I have other reasons for enjoying the presence of Frankie's mom besides her son's strange interpretations of mayoral fashion, though.
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To look at her, Mrs. Piccolini is every bit the s housewife, from her neat bob to her Capri pants. However, if you happen to take a close look at the family dynamics at work here, you'll see that it's actually Frankie's dad who does the cooking in the household. I doubt not that in some libraries Frankie Pickle is going to get seriously confused with Magic Pickle another great graphic novel series, only that one actually stars a real pickle.
However, for those library systems in the know Frankie Pickle is going to find its fan base without any difficulty or confusion. For those kids in need of a transitional book between comics and novels, Wight provides. A good early chapter book, and fun to boot. Boys, girls, and small white well-read dogs will all be able to enjoy Frankie's adventure and hope that the future yields more.
Real good. Ages Jul 19, Debra rated it liked it Shelves: juvenile , humor , graphic-novel. The liked the integration of graphic novel with Frankie Pickle having an Indiana Jones fantasy adventure and a real life as a boy with a beyond messy room and a real family. Frankie's active imagination create a very creative quest to locate an ancient artifact known as The Idol of the Morning Sun.
But in real life he has to cope with the growing mess in his room and his parent's pressure to clean it up. As he allows his stuff to take over his room he suffers an unwanted consequence when one of The liked the integration of graphic novel with Frankie Pickle having an Indiana Jones fantasy adventure and a real life as a boy with a beyond messy room and a real family. As he allows his stuff to take over his room he suffers an unwanted consequence when one of his favorite robot toys gets broken underneath one of his piles in his room.
A very creative twist that should ring true to many reading this book. Jan 22, Andrew rated it really liked it Shelves: library-challenge , graphic-novel-kid , genre-juvenile-fiction , january , genre-adventure , genre-juvenile-reluctant-readers , series-series-startersjuvenile.
If anybody remembers the old Bobby's World t. Kid's imaginations are amazing things. Using the world around them to create exciting adventures, especially when it concerns "cleaning your room". Join Frankie Pickle as he sets off to deal with the closet of doom, aka what happens when you don't clean your room Duh Duh Duh Good for reluctant readers; Quick read; cute story; fun; comic strip transitions of illustrations of Frankie from If anybody remembers the old Bobby's World t. Good for reluctant readers; Quick read; cute story; fun; comic strip transitions of illustrations of Frankie from his imagination and reality; Oct 18, Angelika rated it really liked it Shelves: kbook-discussion , graphic-novel.
Frankie likes getting lost in fantasies. When his mom tries out a new strategy, he learns from the consequences of the mess he created and does an amazing job cleaning up one night.
Great drawings and characters, fun story. Loved the dryer sheet fairy. Has instructions how to draw Frankie and Argyle, the dog. Fun graphic novel about a boy who has fantastic adventures in his bedroom that most definitely needs cleaning. All kinds of things happen as a result. The story flips back and forth between regular text and graphic novel style plot moments. Kids will really enjoy the sarcasm and fun episode. I think boys will especially enjoy this one. Highly recommended for Grades Jun 10, Nicola rated it it was ok Shelves: graphic-novel , step-5 , early-reader , children.
Miss 3 didn't like it. She adores Captain Underpants so I thought the comics might appeal but she found it jarring that he keeps having different mini-fantasies instead of the comics being consistent and more integrated. Miss 3 and I like to explore different books and authors at the library, sometimes around particular topics or themes. We discussed the pros and cons of cleaning our rooms. For our craft we made our own Superhero masks and tried to think up our own superhero names just like Wonder Pickle.
Aug 16, Terry added it Shelves: book-series , graphic-novel , read-aloud , age , adventure , y , reluctant-or-remedial , mystery. Not reviewed. Mar 21, Tomas rated it it was amazing. I liked that it had a lesson about picking up your room. The comic parts were my favorite. Sep 24, Amanda rated it it was amazing Shelves: children-s-books , children-chapter-books. My kids loved this book. They thought it was funny how messy Frankie's room got after Frankie's mom told him he didn't have to clean his room anymore.
Oct 29, Mary Thomas rated it really liked it Shelves: early-chapter-books , school-year. I read this in one sitting to my 5 and 7 year olds. It was a clever little book. I loved Frankie's imagination. Apr 18, Dyck House rated it it was amazing. This is a great book for a reluctant reader, as it is part graphic novel , part chapter book. Oct 31, Stacey Mulholland rated it really liked it.
Maybe this book convinced Jacob to do a better job cleaning his room and toys? Jan 23, Lindsey Rick rated it really liked it. Can totally see my reluctant readers enjoying this one!
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Jan 23, Justin Castillo rated it really liked it. Feb 28, Ryan Rainey rated it it was amazing Shelves: eced The book "Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom" was a very good book. It is about a kid named Frankie who doesnt want to clean his room. His mom allows him not to clean his room. While in his dirty room Frankie imagines himself in a temple of doom which is his closet fighting against lava monsters and garbage guys. He is acompanied by his side kick Argyle. Frankie has a very active imagination. Frankie's room gets so bad that he just can't take the filfth anymore and cleans it up.
By doing so he gets a present of his very own super hero cape. This story is very well written. The setting takes place in Frankies house and room of filfth. There are also times that there are a created world through Frankies imagination like the temple of doom. Frankie is the main character of the story. He is accompanied by his dog Argyle, his two sisters, his mom, and his dad. Frankie is the main character of the story though.