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Framed Paperback – January 29, 2008
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Dylan is the last boy left in Manod, a small town in Snowdonia, Wales. Being the last boy has its problems, most notably Dylan has no one to play football with. Oh, and the nastiest girl in school, Terrible, now has a clear bearth to torment him. Otherwise, Dylan's life is pretty good. His parents own the town's garage, he has a genius little sister (Minnie), a cute baby brother (Max), and an even-tempered older sister (Marie). His dad doesn't even get mad at him when he mixes up oil and anti-freeze when working in the garage. Dad assigns him to the logs instead, which turn into a hilarious diary noting the weather (always damp and rainy) and which villager has been in the garage each day.
Then things start to go wrong. Or, at least differently. Dylan remains ever optimistic, so he doesn't register the gravity of events around him. First and foremost, the weather has changed. It rains every single day in Manod now, and people don't enjoy the beauty of the village any longer. There have been floods in London, and nearly every man in the village has left with family in tow to work on a new barrier. And the garage is in trouble. Dylan's parents can no longer afford to buy petrol ahead of time. Their Mini Cooper disappears and all sources of income dry up. New mysterious people arrive to town and take up residence in the quarries of Manod's mountain.
Dylan's father leaves the family and Dylan's mother, with her four children and a nearly defunct garage, is despondent. The kids dream up ways to earn extra cash.Read more ›
But for every one of those you get an Arthur mashup failure or a cutesy cozy. Which is why it is a pleasure to recommend this book.
The nine year old protagonist has an authentic voice. The village of Manod is right. The family is right. The whole novel is just well-settled in.
Then you get to add in a fine plot, great secondary characters, and a funny and sometimes hilarious deadpan narrator.
An absolute charm of a book. Good entertainment for younger readers, and fine for adults.
If Framed were to become a movie, it would be rated PG or most likely G. It is not explicit and does not display that much foul language. I would rate it 4 out of 5 stars because during some parts it seemed to drag on and on about one topic instead of flowing smoothly from one topic to the next. I would recommend this book to middle school students for it is too young for high school students. The author's writing style is humorous and descriptive as you can see in page 124," The finished cakes looked like bits of chocolate buttons stuck together with a tiny mortar cake." The three best things about this book are three characters. The first one is Lester, or Quentin, who works at the National Gallery.Read more ›
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My family loves to listen to this story on car trips. This might be Boyce's best work so far. The actor voicing the story is brilliant, and brilliantly funny. Read morePublished on July 24, 2014 by BBB
Saw this PBS presentation and had to buy the book.Have read 2 other books by Mr Boyce,and love him!It really was entertaining.Published on May 21, 2014 by Ellen
Love this story of the massive move of the London art gallery items and the involvement of the children in the Welsh village. Absorbing story.Published on December 26, 2013 by Edmele
This juvenile novel falls in the quirky-family-makes-good sub-genre. Nine-year-old Dylan is a member of a Welsh family living in a small Welsh town trying to keep their business... Read morePublished on October 7, 2013 by Ellerbee
Having loved Millions I bought this book, this time set in Manod in North Wales. Floods in London caused the contents of the national gallery to be evacuated to the old slate... Read morePublished on June 29, 2012 by Sir Furboy
I have listened to the audio book twice on long car trips - great entertainment! I saw the movie / video, but I really liked the audio. In any case ... Read morePublished on February 20, 2012 by Suzanne Michelle
The writing and dialogue are terrific and very funny...the audio version is fantastic and adds even more humor to this great book. For adults as well as kids.Published on June 30, 2011 by lc