Frankie’s Scared of Everything
Author/Illustrator: Mathew Franklin
Publisher: Building Block Press, 2019
Looking for a treat alternative to all the Halloween candy available in stores? This book is an excellent choice. It’s got a nice message, but is just scary enough to qualify as “spooky.”
Frankie’s imagination has run away with him. That crashing and creaking must certainly be an evil robot. And that scraping and scratching? Yup, a dangerous dino is on the loose. Frankie looks for – and finds! – his worst fears and he’s running out of places to get away from them all.
Fortunately, there is always the safe haven of Mom’s Room. As Mom points out, an imagination is a “slippery slope.” It’s a wonderful thing, responsible for so many of the good things we have, but it needs just a bit of control.
The illustrations are wonderful. They are a bit reminiscent of Tim Burton’s style. The pages, though almost all black, have wonderful pops of luminous color in vivid greens and lurid purples, perfect choices for this wonderfully crafted story.
*Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.