Frank and Lucky Get Schooled by Lynne Rae Perkins

Frank and Lucky Get Schooled

Written by Lynne Rae Perkins
Illustrated by Lynne Rae Perkins


Frank and Lucky Get Schooled by Lynne Rae Perkins

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?


Discovering school subjects through imaginative scenarios makes learning a delight for two characters and their audience. ...This is foremost a story of love between a boy and dog, but even readers who don't have pets will want to get schooled with Frank and Lucky. -- School Library Journal (starred review) Ideas, motifs, and characters pop in and out in surprising but logical ways, and Perkins varies the page 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. -- Horn Book (starred review) 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. -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) When an unlucky boy and a lost dog find each other, their friendship leads to a lot of learning. ...Perkins

-and-ink-and-watercolor illustrations use vignettes and speech/thought bubbles to marvelous effect. ...this book should open readers

-- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 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. -- Wall Street Journal 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. -- Shelf Awareness 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. -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review) Informative and entertaining, Frank and Lucky Get Schooled is an A+ picture book in every way. -- BookPage Perkins

...The wide variety of subjects is engrossing, but it's the bond between Frank and Lucky that steals the show. -- Booklist 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! -- Shelf Awareness

About the Author

Lynne Rae Perkins was awarded the Newbery Medal for Criss Cross. She is the author of three other novels-All Alone in the Universe, As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth, and Nuts to You. Lynne Rae Perkins has also written and illustrated several picture books, including The Broken Cat; Snow Music, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and a Book Sense Top Ten Pick; Pictures from Our Vacation; and The Cardboard Piano. The author lives with her family in northern Michigan.

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32 pages


Lynne Rae Perkins
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Greenwillow Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Inc

Publication date

20th June 2016



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