Frankie Comics – Rachel Dukes

  Frankie Comics – Rachel Dukes, Oni Press, 9781549306884, 2020 

Format: PDF Review Copy (Hardcover available October, 2020)

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: Comic Book

 What did you like about the book? This is a completely adorable book for anyone that loves cats–and all the shenanigans they get into on a regular basis. One day a cat (eventually named Frankie)  shows up on a couple’s doorstep. It seems friendly enough, so they decide to let it inside. The series of comics in this book basically show all the silly day-to-day interactions between humans and cats. This includes sleepless nights because of the “mewing”, purchasing a beautiful cat bed that the cat will not sleep in, peeing on a bath towel, endless supply of new toys,  and, the best of all, –clipping their nails! As time passes and Frankie gets more comfortable, we see all kinds of things that will have cat owners shaking their heads saying “Yes, that has happened to me”.  In one scene, the woman is doing various yoga poses and the cat keeps rubbing up against her creating a little bit of a challenge. In another scene, Frankie is swatting an open pizza box and gets pizza sauce all over her paws. 

The illustrations are cute and provide a lot of movement by using swirls and blurred images to show either the humans or Frankie moving about the page. There is attention to detail in the illustrations, so it is best to take your time looking through this book. This book is not one continuous story, but rather several little snippets of scenarios which makes it more palatable for young children.

Anything you did not like about the book. I noticed that there were not any children in the book, not that this is a big deal. I can’t say I have seen many children’s fiction books that do not have any children in the pages–really only see this in nonfiction. I do not think it will bother children, but I did find it interesting.

To whom would you recommend this book? This would be perfect for children over the age of four years old. It is in a comic book format, but the story will appeal to a wide range of children. A definite “must read” for any child who loves cats.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, anyone who works with children over the age of four years old.

Where would you shelve it? Comic Book/Graphic Novel 

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.

Date of review: July 26, 2020

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