Friday, October 28, 2011

Book Review: Frangoline and the Midnight Dream

By: Clemency Pearce
Illustrated by: Rebecca Elliott
Published by: The Chicken House/Scholastic
Source: from publisher to review
Ages: 5 & up
4 stars: A Fangtastic Read
Purchase from: Barnes & Noble

Good Girl Gone Bad! An adorably dark picture book about the naughty midnight exploits of an impish litttle girl.

During the day, Frangoline's a perfect little angel. But in the darkest shadows of night, when all good children are sleeping tight, this little imp dons her jet-black cape and makes a break for it! Out the window, across the grass, screeching like a banshee, twirling like a dervish! The worried Moon looks down, warning, "Little ones should be in bed!"

"You can't tell me what to do. I'm Frangoline!" she says.

But when Frangoline's dancing antics wake the dead and they chase her to the tippy-top of the church steeple, how will she escape? And will she learn her lesson?

For every parent who has faced a fight at bedtime, and for every child just beginning to assert her independence, this is an adorably dark storybook about a (sweet but) wicked girl. The perfect rhyming Halloween read for all the little angels with a little devil inside! -quoted from Goodreads

This is cute Halloween read with some charming illustrations that both my kids and I enjoyed reading. It's about a little girl who's really good during the day and at night after midnight she becomes opposite of what she's like during the day. One night on Halloween, she doesn't listen to the warnings the moon keeps giving her about the choices her makes and she ends up learning her lesson, at least for that night. It's not that she's bad, she's just a bit adventurous and wants to do whatever she wants. It's appealing rhyming words, engaging illustrations and that fun, exciting Halloween feel the story has, make this a book I'd recommend picking up for Halloween.
I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
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