Frank and his Friend: Special Collector’s Edition by Clarence ‘Otis’ Dooley

17 Feb

frankfriendcoverFrank and his Friend: Special Collector’s Edition

Written and Illustrated by Clarence ‘Otis’ Dooley

Editor: Melvin Goodge

128 pages – ages 6+

Published by Curio & Co. on July 1, 2013

Frank is a stuffed animal. His friend is a human. They have lots of fun together, even though Frank doesn’t talk. They go on adventures while eating candy and avoiding broccoli. They go flying and they go swimming. They go everywhere, and anywhere.

This comic-strip collection is based on a comic that ran in the 1970’s and 1980’s. This is an all-new comic that was created by the editors.

One thing I really like about the book is that Frank’s friend is never named and that the character in the title is the stuffed animal. Frank’s friend could be any kid, always wanting an adventure or to discover things. I really enjoyed the comic-strips. They were fun to read. I like how it shows Frank and his friend in all different types of scenarios. The illustrations are simple but wonderful. Look!


Frank’s friend seems to be a kid everyone would be friends with. He does wacky things, all in the realm of reality, but may imagine things (like flying through the air). I think that this collection is great for young kids and for reluctant readers or anyone who is a fan of comics. I think one of the best way to get kids into reading is comics!

I give this book four out of five bookworms!

For more, please visit the publisher’s website HERE.fourbooks

27 Responses to “Frank and his Friend: Special Collector’s Edition by Clarence ‘Otis’ Dooley”

  1. The Story Reading Ape February 17, 2014 at 7:09 am #

    Those drawings are great Erik :)

  2. jama February 17, 2014 at 7:55 am #

    A unique idea to make the stuffed animal the main character. The drawings are cute.

    Hmmmm, “Cornelius and His Friend” . . .

    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 17, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

      “Cornelius and his Friend… ERIK!” :lol: Betcha weren’t expectin’ that! ;)

      • jama February 17, 2014 at 10:16 pm #

        Hah! Cornelius and his Friend Tomato!

      • thiskidreviewsbooks February 22, 2014 at 9:50 am #

        Don’t forget Pea! ;)

  3. ontheplumtree February 17, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    I love the idea of this, and I agree, the illustrations ARE wonderful. We all need to talk to ourselves, and this suggests the idea of the alter-ego, which, we all have!

    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 17, 2014 at 8:57 pm #

      Great idea! It’s a shame I talk to myself 95% of the time… Well, anyway – MAKE WAY FOR SUPER READER!!!! ;)

  4. Joanna February 17, 2014 at 11:39 am #

    Love the idea that the friend is anonymous!

  5. KidLitReviews February 17, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    Erik, dear Erik. Thank you. You can have this win, but it is by default. De fault being mine, but thanks. Love the review. Love the illustrations.

  6. Patricia Tilton February 17, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

    Very nice review. Sounds like a unique story.

  7. Joanne Fritz February 17, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    I love that the friend could be any kid. I don’t remember the comic strip, though. Is this one of those mock-nostalgia parodies?

    It does remind me of Calvin and Hobbes, my all-time favorite comic strip.

    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 17, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

      I think it was an old comic strip from a newspaper, but I’m not sure. I love Calvin & Hobbes too, but my all-time favorite is Garfield. Calvin comes in a close second though. :)

  8. Michelle Isenhoff February 17, 2014 at 7:46 pm #

    Calvin and Hobbes was the first thing I thought of, too. Love them! This has that same sort of feel to it.

  9. KidLitReviews February 17, 2014 at 8:37 pm #

    How did this email get on here? :(

    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 17, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

      Email? You put it in my comment section you didn’t email it… I was just getting to my comments now. I’ll “unapprove” it so it won’t be public. :)

  10. Darlene February 18, 2014 at 11:43 pm #

    My best friend when I was little was “Teddy” so I can relate to this book. We had so many adventures together.

    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 22, 2014 at 10:02 am #

      I prefer to go solo. Yet I turned many things into other things (That is not a pillow. That is a shield! ;) ).

  11. stanleyandkatrina February 21, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

    How fun! A stuffed animal as a main character is a great idea.

  12. Myra GB March 17, 2014 at 11:18 pm #

    I agree that the way to a reluctant reader’s heart is through comics. :)


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