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The Resource Frank and Laverne, by Dave Whamond and Jennifer Stokes ; illustrations by Dave Whamond

Frank and Laverne, by Dave Whamond and Jennifer Stokes ; illustrations by Dave Whamond

Label
Frank and Laverne
Title
Frank and Laverne
Statement of responsibility
by Dave Whamond and Jennifer Stokes ; illustrations by Dave Whamond
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Frank and Laverne's two tales are separately told in a clever "flip-the-book" fashion, which allows you to get both sides of the story, making this a book for dog- and cat-lovers alike!"--
Illustration
Award
Willow Awards, Shining Willow category, 2017.
Review
  • PreS-Gr 2—This is a classic cat vs. dog tale with a twist, or, more appropriately, a flip. Laverne, the feline of the house, enjoys the finer things in life, such as sleeping in and taking naps. There is one thing that gets in her way, and that is Frank. Laverne spends her days trying to get rid of the pup or at the very least nab his stuffed fish. Frank, on the other hand, loves the cat and sees it as his duty to protect the house, his humans, and Laverne from all surrounding troubles, like squirrels and Great Danes. Told in a daily journal format, the narrative invites kids to flip the book over to hear Laverne's side of the story or Frank's, depending on where they started. Filled with sarcasm and humor, this title could be a great read for older kids, though the complexity of the story may go over the heads of the intended audience. However, bright, expressive cartoon illustrations will certainly draw in the younger crowd, who may enjoy this book over and over again, understanding more and more each time. VERDICT An amusing addition for cat and dog lovers.—Betsy Davison, Cortland Free Library, NY --Betsy Davison (Reviewed 04/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 4, p142)
  • Dogs and cats have different perspectives on the world, a dichotomy explored in this humorous tale retelling the same story from two different viewpoints. Energetic Frank is a pugnacious pug who guards his house against squirrels, loves his family, and barks vociferously. Laverne is a laid-back lavender cat who practices Zen gardening in her litter box. She's a sly thing who really wants Frank out of her life so she can have his stuffed fish toy all to herself. Frank's story is told in journal format, covering a week of interactions with family, neighborhood animals, and his pal, Laverne. When the book is flipped over, Laverne tells her version of the week's events, both stories ending in the middle with the cat in possession of the fish toy. Cartoon-style illustrations in watercolor and pencil set small, multiple vignettes against extensive white space, a format that will appeal to older readers. The two typefaces (different for cat and dog) are too small in size and in weight, making the text difficult to read—a mystifying design choice, as there was plenty of space available for a larger type size. While this double-trouble story may be useful in classrooms exploring perspective in creative writing, the story itself really isn't very funny or compelling, and there are many fractured fairy tales that employ varying viewpoints in more exciting style. Frankly, Frank and Laverne don't have too much to offer beyond the two-sided format gimmick. (Picture book. 4-9)(Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2016)
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10488618
Cataloging source
NLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Whamond, Dave
Dewey number
jC813/.6
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • AD610L
  • Decoding demand: 78 (high)
  • Semantic demand: 92 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 80 (high)
  • Structure demand: 87 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Stokes, Jennifer
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Pets
  • Dogs
  • Cats
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Frank and Laverne, by Dave Whamond and Jennifer Stokes ; illustrations by Dave Whamond
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Contents printed back-to-back and inverted
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1526709
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9781771471459
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781771471459
  • (OCoLC)915500946
Label
Frank and Laverne, by Dave Whamond and Jennifer Stokes ; illustrations by Dave Whamond
Publication
Note
Contents printed back-to-back and inverted
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1526709
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9781771471459
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781771471459
  • (OCoLC)915500946

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