Thursday, February 25, 2010
Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom by Eric Wight
I was drawn to the book by the cover with Frankie looking like a miniature Indiana Jones, backed up by his tiny faithful dog Argyle.
As it turns out Franklin Lorenzo Piccolini aka "Frankie Pickle" adventures all take place in his vivid imagination, much like James Thurber's Walter Mitty or Bill Watterson's Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes.
Frankie's most challenging adventure is to live in his own bedroom once his mother gives him permission to forget about trying to keep it clean. Slowly the toys, the comics, and the filthy piles of clothing and food take over.
The worst mess is in his "closet of doom" which he has filled with everything that could fit in before he stopped trying to "clean".
Frankie decides not to bathe and soon even the family dog cannot stand to be near him.
One night as he is sleeping, it all comes tumbling down on Frankie and he is forced to do the unthinkable--clean his room for real.
Frankie Pickle is a wonderful combination of comic strip paneled chapters and delightfully illustrated 'real life" chapters. Wight even provides sample pages for drawing Frankie and Argyle so the reader can write their own Frankie Pickle adventures.
The second Frankie Pickle tale has just been published "Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000".
Find out more about Frankie and Eric at his Simon and Schuster page.