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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
Frankie often lies in bed after the sun comes up and thinks about other things he might be than just the plain old version of himself. He can see himself being a werewolf who howls at the moon at night, or he could be a vampire who flies around his castle. He also thinks he might be able to be a mummy or perhaps a creepy sea creature that lives underwater. Before he can continue, there is a knock at the door, and his parents get him up for the day. That’s when he realizes that he’s just plain old Frankie, but that’s okay with him because he knows his family is all he needs and that they are great.
I thought Plain Old Frankie was an adorable read that definitely left me surprised at the ending! I was wondering about the connection between Frankie thinking about being all of these scary creatures but then when I read the last page I understood. It had that surprise factor at the end for me which I really enjoyed. It’s a fun story that I feel children will love reading and will also relate to the main character on a more personal level. I also really enjoyed the illustrations. They are beautifully done and fit perfectly with the storyline, which will help young ones to better understand the tale being told. Daniel Brantley has done a wonderful job with Plain Old Frankie and I cannot wait to see what else he writes.