The Chapter Book My Children Love & #SpreadTheKindness Link Up #59

There is a chapter book that my children have recently discovered. I use the term “discovered” loosely, as I essentially said, “Hey, kids, we are going to read this book. Mommy went to school with the author and illustrator and I think you will really like his drawings and the story.” I have had this book since it is original publication in 2009 before I even had children. I read it myself then, laughing all the way through at the irony and sarcasm while being in awe of the amazing comic book style artwork that adorns nearly every page. The combination of chapter book and comic book is a unique approach to telling a fun children’s story with a lesson involved.

*This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom by Eric Wight

Written by Eric Wight, a professional artist, illustrator, and animator, the Frankie Pickle series combines humor and creativity with action and adventure that appeals to my young sons (ages 4 and 6) as I am sure it would to any children in that age bracket. Eric Wight has an incredible ability to translate his story telling capabilities into his whimsical, fun drawings. Clearly, his imagination that used to take him to very interesting places during high school Physics class has served him well. Whoever said you will never use what you learned in Physics class in real life was quite mistaken.

Eric Wight, American artist, illustrator, animator

While my boys and I have only enjoyed Frankie Pickle’s adventures in cleaning his room and tackling his closet of doom, I am sure we will be purchasing the rest of the books in the series. With Easter coming soon, these books will make the perfect addition to their baskets as well as a wonderful substitute for candy!

Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000 by Eric Wight
Frankie Picke and the Mathematical Menace by Eric Wight
Frankie Pickle and the Land of the Lost Recess by Eric Wight

For some super fun reading for your little ones this Spring, consider some adventures with Frankie Pickle that are sure to ignite their imaginations! Read more about Eric Wight’s work in animation and illustration here.

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46 Responses

  1. Sounds like such a good book!

  2. Happy Valentine’s Day! Wishing you a fabulous week. Thanks for hosting!

  3. Looks like such a cute book! Thanks for the link up!

  4. Sounds as if these are crafted in the crazy tradition of Captain Underpants, which my kids loved. Nothing like a little sarcastic humor to get kids reading.

    • Actually, Michele, it’s funny you referenced Captain Underpants. We were watching Captain Underpants a few weeks ago and my kids loved it. And then I was like “Oh, if they love this, they will love Frankie Pickle!” And I was right! Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!


  5. How fun it is to have a book by a friend! The illustrations are fabulous! Thanks for sharing and happy Tuesday! Cheryl

    • Thank you so much, Cheryl! It definitely takes on more meaning when you personally know the author behind the book. Granted it has been many years since I have actually known Eric except through Facebook and social media, but still it is a very cool thing! Have a great day, my friend.


  6. It’s fabulous when the kids love a book so much, Shelbee!!

    • Oh it makes my book loving heart sing, for sure, Jodie! It took a while to get my kids interested in books, but finally we are getting there! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


  7. That book sounds like a cool read.

  8. How fun is that story – my boys would love it. Thanks Shelbee. I love all of your variety. 🙂

    • They totally would, Chrissy! My kids were so into this story and the illustrations! You should definitely check out this series! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day.


  9. That is so cool. Very nice. I don’t care how we get our kids to read or interested in books as long as we do it. Kudos to you. Even better when when you the author. I remember taking my kids to the library every Saturday when they were little (about 100 years ago) and doing all the library stuff. Trust me, it pays off.

    Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week.

    • Thanks so much, Patrick! I agree with you completely that we need to make that effort to get kids interested in reading! Thanks for sharing your experience with it all! Have a great day.


  10. I love reading with Isobel, some kids’ books are funny on another level for adults! We are enjoying David Walliams’ books at the moment – they are so hilarious!

    Emma xxx

    • There is definitely some humor in Frankie Pickle that they didn’t quite understand yet, but it had me laughing! I will have to check out the David Williams books. Thanks so much for the recommendation, Emma! Have a fabulous day.


  11. Brings back memories of when my kids were little, so many special moments reading with them. Looks like a very funny book series!


    • Thanks so much, Cherie! I did start losing sight of the importance of reading with them and watching educational tv shows. We recently have picked that back up and are enjoying books like these as well as shows like Blue Planet. They really do make for cherished memories and time together.


  12. I love putting things like books in my kids Easter baskets! My daughter is really into chapter books right now! How neat that you know the author!


    • Thanks so much for stopping by, Carrie! Yeah, I definitely need to get better at giving the more educational and healthy things for gifts instead of the junk they always want! Have a great day.


  13. These books seem so fun for kids, i can tell my the titles! I used to teach Elementary students and it’s always great to find book that has some humour, fun but teaches something/a lesson. thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful week!
    jess xx

    • Jess, thanks so much for stopping by! There are so many books for kids out there and my kids read a lot of them, but it’s hard to find those special ones that they want to read over and over again. I think Frankie Pickle may be that for my kids! Have a great week, my friend.


  14. Shelbee love the illustrations in that book fabulous. I wish I could do stuff like that!
    Exciting news that you are writing about fashion week ENJOY!
    and last but not least thanks for hosting this special link up !
    ashley xxx

  15. sounds like a great book!!!
    Thank you for the feature!!!

    • It was a super fun read for both myself and my kids! And it was my pleasure to feature and your beautiful birth story! Congratulations again! I hope you are getting lots of rest.


  16. We love reading and are always looking for a new book. Thanks for sharing these!

  17. That book looks really interesting! I’ll have to let my daughter read it, hopefully she will enjoy it too!

  18. The books look fabulous, Shelbee! I do think this is something I missed out on, not being a mother, having the chance to snuggle up with my kids and read to them… I know that would have been one of the highlights!
    Suzy xx

    • Thanks so much, Suzy! It is definitely one of those very special things we do together and I too often don’t make a priority. I need to get better at that! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day, my friend.


  19. haha I love how you say loosely!! it’s funny but I guess as long as it’s a great book, it doesn’t matter how you discovered it 🙂

  20. How crazy cool that you went to school with the author. Of course you would share it with your kids. My kids were huge readers until they hit high school and there was so much reading involved it kinda killed their love for recreational reading. Major bummer. Happy Valentine’s Day, sweet friend!💕

    • Thanks so much, Lisa! I used to be a crazy reader myself and my patience for it has definitely died down since I have had kids! Plus blogging takes so much of free time and I would rather read blogs anyway! Ha. Happy Valentine’s Day!


  21. I love this! I used to love being read to growing up, and then also reading to practice!

    • Thanks so much, Laura! I was an avid reader most of my life. I used to find such a great escape in books for as long as I can remember. But now that I have found my voice, I am enjoying writing much more than I enjoy reading these days.


  22. This book looks so interesting! I’ll have to read this to my kids. Thank you for sharing!

    xo, Sheree

  23. I have a 7 year old grandson and these books look like they would be right up his ally. Thanks for sharing, Shelbee. – Amy

    • Thanks so much, Amy, for checking out this post! He would probably love this book. My son will be 7 in a few months and he is so into this comic book style of reading, too. And he loved the shorter chapters. I would love to hear if you do introduce your grandson to the adventures of Frankie Pickle!


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