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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Flashlight Press (September 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936261197
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936261192
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

K-Gr 1-Frank says what he thinks. No one, from a "shrieky" classmate to his toupee-wearing principal, really appreciates his opinions. Even his mother, who speeds and has wrinkles, isn't safe from her son's unvarnished comments. With everyone angry with him, the boy begins to question whether honesty is indeed the best policy. He gets some sage advice from Grandpa and learns to tell the truth without hurting people's feelings. The quirky cartoon-style illustrations boost the entertainment value of this picture book, whose message is delivered with humor. Great for reading aloud and for discussions on being diplomatic.-Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Meet Frank. He is frank. And being frank, Frank likes to frankly tell everyone exactly what he thinks. “Your freckles remind me of the Big Dipper.” “Your singing is kind of shrieky.” When that gets him sent home from school, he displays the same frankness to his mother: “You wouldn’t get so many wrinkles if you didn’t glare at me like that.” Pretty soon Frank is lonely enough to alphabetize his bug collection. Enter Grandpa Ernest, who has mastered the ability to be earnest—it’s sort of like being frank, but nicer. When encountered with a ridiculous hat topped with flowers, Grandpa compliments the flower in the middle. “I talked about the good things on her hat instead of the not-so-good things,” he explains. This is a lesson-to-be-learned book if ever there was one, but Earnhardt is so, well, frank about it that kids will laugh right along with Frank’s every miscue. Meanwhile, Castellani’s bright, glossy, retro-styled Photoshop illustrations pop with frantic energy. For kids who need to know that honesty isn’t always the best policy. Grades K-2. --Daniel Kraus

More About the Author

Donna Earnhardt is the author of Being Frank, illustrated by Andrea Castellani. When Donna isn't homeschooling or battling the laundry, she's writing children's stories, poetry, songs, and mysteries. You might find her fishing the Pee Dee River, hiking in the mountains with her family, or visiting her hometown of Cordova, NC. She lives in Concord, NC, and Being Frank is her first picture book. Follow Donna's personal blog at http://wordwranglernc.wordpress.com/.

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Great for teaching a lesson about being tactful!
kmiller
The book is illustrated with bright, sophisticated pictures that are as funny as the text.
Ellen E. Kennedy
We have a nightly ritual at our house of book reading at bedtime.
SaDonna

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ellen E. Kennedy on September 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Children's picture books, nice as they are, have a drawback: the words must be read aloud by an adult--and let's face it, it's a kid's book.
However, BEING FRANK is one of those rare, hilarious picture books that even Mom and Dad won't mind reading, over and over.

The book is illustrated with bright, sophisticated pictures that are as funny as the text.
Frank is a boy who embodies his name, saying aloud anything that pops into his head.
As you might imagine, this makes for hurt feelings.
Friends, neighbors and classmates are angry.
Even his mother is irked by his FRANK remarks.
Only one person understands his problem and can help him learn a new way to tell the FRANK, but palatable truth.

Author Donna Earnhardt's witty, yet down-to-earth prose makes "read it to me" a welcome invitation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debnance at Readerbuzz on September 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Children are always told to tell the truth. But there are certain truths (how we look, how we act, what we are wearing) that aren't always necessary to share and can be painful to hear.

So how can a child learn when to tell the truth and when to keep parts of the truth to himself?

That's the charm of this little story. Frank is...well, frank. And it gets him in trouble. Big trouble. Sent home from school. His mom mad at him. His friends angry with him.

It is Frank's grandfather who helps him out of his trouble, helping him learn when to share truths with others and when to keep those truths to one's self.

Very, very helpful book for children and parents to read together and talk about. With illustrations that will delight both children and parents.

Thank you to the publisher for this beautiful review copy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PreschoolerMom on September 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a very cute book about being tactfully honest and demonstrates the adage "You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar," but in a fresh way. It's a very thoughtful book teaching kids to always be honest, but to be mindful of feelings and soften their approach. We bought the book to donate to my daughter's class for her birthday and are getting more for home and church! The illustrations are also vibrant and playful and keep my younger son interested as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By This Kid Reviews Books on June 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Frank's motto was "Honesty is the best Policy". He always told the truth. He told his teacher she had bad breath, his mom that she had wrinkles, etc. Everyone was angry with him, except for the police men, because he told him the truth (yes, his mom knew she was speeding). Frank goes to his grandpa and asks for help and advice. His grandpa knows just what to do. He shows Frank how you can be honest but kind at the same time.

I wish I had this book when I was younger! I totally had a Frank problem! My parents say I used to have "no filter." I remember it was hard for me to understand why being honest all the time wasn't a good thing. This book explains it well. I think other kids would be helped by this book! I love how Frank is just honest and a good kid, but he just doesn't get why people are mad at him. Grandpa explains everything really well.

**NOTE I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Irene's Christian Reviews on March 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is one of my favorite books of the year! I gave this book 5/5 stars. The story follows a boy as he learns how important it is to be polite. It teaches you not to lie but also that you don't always have to be mean when speaking the truth. I thought it was a very realistic book and teaches how to be kind to others with our words. I recommend this book to any parent who has a child that sometimes speaks to others before thinking about what they are saying!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By flatwoods rabbit on October 3, 2012
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"Being Frank" is well written and the illustrations bring Mrs. Earnhardt's characters to life. Not only is it fun to read but it also teaches a character lesson. The book can be enjoyed by elementary age children and those who can not yet read. I read the story to a three year old who loved it and asks to hear it again and again. The illustrations are engaging and holds the interest of the non-reading pre-schoolers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christina Brown on September 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I love this book.
The author addresses brutal honesty in a charming, funny, and relatable way;
teaching that sometimes what we say can affect people in ways we do not intend. A good lesson for adults too! Highly recommend!
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By SaDonna on May 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
We have a nightly ritual at our house of book reading at bedtime. The first time my husband read this to our son, he couldn't stop laughing. There were literally tears in his eyes. When I read it myself, I understood why. The author, Donna Earnhardt, has created a hilarious, laugh out loud tale that will have every parent in stitches, and every kid asking to have it read to them again. It is a great book which teaches your child that sometimes being 'Too Frank' can be a little TOO much for everyone around you.
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