Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000 Review

Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000
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This past Sunday found my children waiting patiently at the Moravian Book Shop in Bethlehem, PA. They were there to get their hands on one of the world's first purchased copies of "Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000." Well...they waited as patiently as a five and a three year old are able. "Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom" had dug its fantastic claws into my children's brains, and they needed more. And their just as anxious to see what Frankie would be up to next.
Eric Wight has managed to pull off an almost impossible feat with this series of books. He has combined the chapter book and graphic novel formats to create stories that pull the reader (whether they be 31 or 3) along on an adventure that defies easy catagorization or description. One thing I can say as a parent is that I am rarely as interested in storytime as I am when Frankie Pickle is next on the pile.
Wight's language does not insult the intelligence of the young. Kids understand more than we think they do, and Wight knows it. His word choice often results in tongue twisting combinations of sounds and syllables that are every bit as much fun to read aloud as they are to see on the page. And just when you get comfortable with the story, Frankie's imagination takes control and we are treated to comic-style panels with outlandish depictions of the world as seen by the young protagonist.
I realize that I haven't said very much, specifically, about "Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000" in this review, and I promise that this is intentional. I don't want to ruin anything for you. Trust me.

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Frankie Pickle returns for another imaginative adventure and this time it all comes down to race cars. Well, not quite race cars, but the Pine Run Derby for scouts. Frankie is in danger of not advancing to the next ranking with the rest of his troop unless he can win the Pine Run 3000. But Frankie wants to do everything on his own so he imagines himself as a world-class sculptor, a mad scientist, and of course, a pro-racecar driver. In the end, Frankie learns that team work is the only way he won't get left in the dust.

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