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When Frank Was Four

A little ark book

By (author) Alison Lester
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, Sydney, Australia
Imprint: Allen & Unwin Children's Books
Published: 30th Jun 1997
Dimensions: w 210mm h 260mm
Weight: 370g
Interest age: Under 6
Reading age: 3-6
ISBN-10: 1864483997
ISBN-13: 9781864483994
Barcode No: 9781864483994
When Nicky was one she tipped spaghetti on her head, when Ernie was two he climbed into the fish tank, when Tessa was three she made a pudding, when Frank was four he ate three packets of sweets. Follow the children as they grow from tiny babies to the present day, each in their own special way.

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Kirkus US
A brilliantly conceived book about seven children, consisting entirely of variations on the same phrase: "When Nicky was one she spilled spaghetti on her head. Frank bit the dog. Tessa took her first steps . . . And Rosie said 'Horse.' "A small scene of each event appears above the line of text. On the next page, accompanied by a full-page illustration, is a screwy sort of punchline, e.g., "But Clive smashed the china at his Great Grandmother's birthday party." For each of the next six years, the same pattern is repeated, with a different character leading off, and a different one delivering the punchline. The captions are wonderfully turned miniatures, simultaneously simple and inventive. Most of the time the text and pictures are hilarious, and even when the text is not explicitly funny, the picture makes it so. Lester (Yikes!, 1995, etc.) provides her characteristic watercolors, depicting irresistibly independent children in ever-changing sequence; perhaps her books should never be fully absorbed in just one sitting. A counting/memory game closes the book; the entire venture is unique in design and executed to perfection. (Kirkus Reviews)