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Grade 2-4–Franklin Lorenzo Piccolini is a fourth grader with a big imagination and an alter ego named Frankie Pickle, an amalgam of pop-culture icons from Indiana Jones to Batman. His messy room spawns an adventure that ends when the filth is too much even for him. Wight matches a silly story to black-and-white cartoon graphics in a chapter-book format. Readers who have graduated from Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants and Ricky Ricotta series (both Scholastic) will be charmed by this longer story.–Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC
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About the Author

Eric Wight’s debut graphic novel, My Dead Girlfriend, was nominated for YALSA’s 2008 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list. His comicbook adaptation of Michael Chabon’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay helped garner the Eisner and Harvey awards for Best Anthology. He was also the ghost artist for Seth Cohen on the hit TV show The O.C.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 530L (What's this?)
  • Series: Frankie Pickle (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416964843
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416964841
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric Wight is the author and illustrator of FRANKIE PICKLE, a new chapter book series published by Simon & Schuster. Prior to that, he was an animator for almost ten years for such companies as Walt Disney, Warner Bros., and Cartoon Network. Wight's comic book adaptation of the AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY helped garner both the Harvey and Eisner Awards for Best Anthology, as well as the Russ Manning Award for Most Promising Newcomer, and his debut graphic novel MY DEAD GIRLFRIEND was listed among the 2008 Great Graphic Novels for Teens by YALSA. His artwork has also been prominently featured on such television series as THE O.C. and SIX FEET UNDER.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In the past, it was easy to figure out what children's books fit where. Thirty-two pages that are 11 X 8 inches? Picture books. Thirty-two chapters of smallish print? Older middle-grade fiction. See? Piece o' cake. Then graphic novels had to come in and throw the whole system in the blender. At first it was easy to catalog them. You have comic book panels and speech balloons? In the new Graphic Novel section of the library you go. Then "Captain Underpants" came along and ruined everything. Wait . . you have speech balloons and long passages of text? Images and words mixing it up willy-nilly with nary a by-your-leave? Impossible! Inconceivable! But there it was. The result? Meet "Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom". The first in a series, Frankie's books are the natural successor to "Captain Underpants", stirring together pictures and words in a raucous melding that's bound to entrance reluctant readers, but still be enough fun to lure in hardcore comic book fans. Expertly penned with a wry sense of humor entirely its own, Frankie's a welcome addition to a difficult to define category.

It's the worst of all possible worlds. A beautiful day, video games to be played, and what does Franklin Lorenzo Piccolini (a.k.a. Frankie Pickle)'s mom tell him to do? Clean his room. Fortunately Frankie has a wild enough imagination to get him through anything. One gigantic robot fight later and his room isn't the least bit clean. In fact, it's worse! But instead of punishing him, Frankie's mom strikes a deal. He doesn't have to clean up his room, but whatever the consequences are, he'll have to deal with them himself.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Robinson on June 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom is a real find - perfect book for that emergent/reluctant boy reader. It's a graphic novel / chapter book hybrid aimed at early readers - I'd recommend it for a slightly younger crowd than the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney or the Dodger and Me series by Jordan Sonnenblick. The publisher's recommended age range, and I agree, is 7 to 10. Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom is fast-paced, funny, and kid friendly, with a nice merging of text chapters and comic sequences. This is one that all libraries should add to their arsenal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
My 10yo son is all about comic books or cartoons. There's only so much Captain Underpants and Diary of a Wimpy Kid I can take. I finally had to say no to just reading Calvin and Hobbes every night for reading time (And I love Calvin). Cue the complaining. All the chapter books I tried to tempt him with looked too daunting to him, but easier readers were too boring.

He got into Frankie Pickle immediately, loved it, and fought with his sister about who's turn it was to read out loud (My turn! No MINE!) (BTW: the 8yo sister loves the book too!)

What's even better -- it's a book that I love too. It's witty, dramatic, adventurous and whimsical. The parallels drawn between "real life" and Frankie's imagination are great.

Eric Wight, I could kiss you. Please write and draw a bajillion more -- we'll buy them ALL.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GraphicNovelReporter.com on June 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Frankie Pickle is an adventurer, a superhero, a race car driver, an artist--if his mind can dream it, he can become it. With his dog Argyle as his trusty sidekick, Frankie is ready for anything. In his first adventure, he discovers the perils of a messy room, but will he be able to discover the horrible smell before the whole house has to be demolished? After that, Frankie finds out that he is the only Possum Scout without enough points to move up in rank. Competing in the Pine Run 3000 model car derby will get him those points, but only if he can build a car that can stay together!

"Reality is for grown-ups!" So says Franklin Piccolini--aka Frankie Pickle--on the back of both of Wight's books, but after reading about Frankie's adventures, even grown-ups may want to give up on reality and embrace their imaginations. Much of the appeal lies in the cheerful, adventurous, funny, and sassy main character. Frankie is all-boy, but Wight carefully adds enough elements to make the stories appealing for girls as well. Frankie's mother and older sister are strong female role models--his sister is a sports-crazy jock, a nice touch. His father is a modern man; he cooks and helps with the kids, but he also works on the car and has a run-down hangout of his own where his wife isn't allowed to clean. The family has just enough tensions to move the story along, but they obviously love each other. That helps keep the tales light and offers a nice groundwork for Frankie's adventures.

Frankie's mind takes him to exciting places, whether he's cleaning his room, racing a model car, watching his baby sister, or even just shopping at the hobby shop.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anna Lee Vincent on April 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I ordered this for my son who struggles with a messy room. He absolutely loved it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachael Cardella on October 8, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Our eight year old LOVES these books. He was fully engaged and engrossed in them for a six hour long car ride. They totally held his interest. He did not even ask to use the iPad. I think that says a lot considering my son would usually prefer to play a game than read a book. We've read them to our 4 year old daughter and nephews (8 and 4), and the Frankie Pickle series has been a hit with all of them.
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