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The Frank Show

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  210 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
This hilarious, offbeat picture book from the creator of Marshall Armstrong Is New to Our School reveals that there is more to the older generation than meets the eye. Grandpa Frank doesn’t have any interesting hobbies, unless you count complaining about how everything was better in the old days. He doesn’t speak Italian like Paolo’s mom, or play the drums like Tom’s uncle ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Harry N. Abrams (first published March 1st 2012)
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Aug 23, 2013 Deborah added it
Shelves: picturebooks
Picture books about grandparents are hard to pull off — there is a fine line between heartwarming and way-too-sentimental. This one successfully avoids the latter; it's fresh and funny.
What's a boy to do when you have to "show and tell" a member of your family at school and the only person available is your cantankerous old Grandpa Frank?

In The Frank Show, our young, unnamed narrator has a dilemma. He hears about all the cool, interesting family members his classmates are bringing in for show-and-tell, but all he can think about when having to talk about his grandpa is his mile-long list of complaints about the younger generation. This show-and-tell is bound to be a disaster..
Jun 19, 2012 Carly rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
The Frank Show is a fabulously illustrated book that is bold, quirky, colourful and attractive to look at. The storyline is brilliant and I'm pretty sure true for a lot of little people out there. My daughter (4) really enjoyed this one and it held her attention throughout.

The kids in school have to talk for a full minute about someone in their family. The boy asks his mum and dad if he can talk about them, but they are too busy. So the only person left to talk about is his granddad Frank and h
Jun 14, 2012 Angela rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
There's a lot you don't know about your grandparents, youngsters! That's the gist of this quirky picture book. The illustrations are fun and the story has a great message about multi-generational relationships and mutual understanding, but I fear it may be lost on young readers.
Oct 23, 2013 Marilyn rated it it was amazing
Ever have to bring a family member in for a Friday show and tell? Ever have your family abdicate and all you have left to take is grumpy, old grandpa who seems to complain about everything there is to complain about? He doesn't like modern gizmos and gadgets, he has no hobbies, doesn't speak another language or play a musical instrument, he uses an old typewriter to type on and hasn't bought a new pair of pants in ten years! He hates haircuts, doctors and any sort of ice cream that isn't vanilla ...more
Oct 28, 2012 Jillian rated it it was amazing
"The Frank Show" by David Mackintosh tells the story of a young boy who is SO bored with his Grandpa Frank. Frank does not like the same music that the young boy likes, and he will not even pay to get a haircut. Frank has not even bought a pair of new pants in 10 years! In fact, Frank even told the young boy that "These days there are too many gadgets and gizmos. I prefer doing things the old-fashioned way." How boring for the young boy! And to top it off, the young boy has to give a one-minute ...more
Oct 16, 2012 Irene rated it it was amazing
Summary: In "The Frank Show," author David Mackintosh introduces readers to a boy who is embarrassed to talk about his grandpa for show and tell at school. Grandpa Frank, "doesn't like noise, or today's music, or gadgets and gizmos," and his grandson has no idea how to talk about him to his classmates! The boy is disappointed that Grandpa Frank is not as exciting as Kristian's dad who is a comedian, or Donny's dad who works in a potato chip factory. But even though Grandpa Frank might be old and ...more
Amy Forrester
Sep 29, 2012 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing
There is nothing exciting about this little boy’s grandpa, Frank. And this is an issue for the boy because on Friday he has to give a show-and-tell presentation in class about someone in his family. He has to talk for a whole minute! He rules out his baby sister and his mother and father say, "no." That leaves Frank. All week other students give amazing show-and-tell talks about fascinating family members. The boy is distraught and although he gives his presentation, he thinks it’s pretty lame. ...more
Davenport Public Library
Grandpa Frank is just a grandpa and he doesn’t seem to like anything (except pickled onions), so how could his grandson possibly talk for a whole minute about him in front of his entire class?

In The Frank Show by David Mackintosh, Frank’s grandson is nervous about presenting about his curmudgeon grandfather during show and tell. Especially since his friends have exciting people to introduce, like Fay’s cousin who “tells you if your bag is too heavy at the airport” and Hugo’s stepbrother who’s sp
Sep 06, 2014 Jenni rated it really liked it
This is a really lovely book that has an important message to share but does so in a fun, light hearted manner. Much of the book is spent with the narrator talking about all the reasons Grandpa Frank is not a good subject for the upcoming Show and Tell – he’s old, he doesn’t like new things, and everyone else’s relative is just a better choice. The inevitable reveal that Grandpa Frank is not as boring as the narrator believes is done really well, there’s a strong visual clue first of all (I want ...more
The bling on the cover title 2013 USBBY award winner, reminds you of broadway lights, and indeed, this is the type of stardom the young boy in the story hopes to achieve by introducing his Grandpa Frank to his class. The front dust jacket gives you a hint that the font will vary in size and type. This is always intriguing. The endpapers are set in a grayscale color palette and show a collection of items presumably from Frank's life. There are microscopes, pipes, lanterns, movie cameras, medals, ...more
Emily Stueven
Aug 19, 2014 Emily Stueven rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, family
In the eyes of his grandson, Grandpa Frank is old and boring and, well, just kinda worthless. So, what's the boy supposed to do when he has to bring Frank to school for show-and-tell?

This is a sweet, funny book about family and about valuing one's elders. Everybody's got a story, and Frank, it turns out, has many stories. Though he might rail against the amenities and noise of the modern age, when Frank finally relays his lifetime of experience, he opens his grandson's eyes and thrills his grand
Sep 20, 2012 babyhippoface rated it really liked it
Totally bummed because he can't find anyone else to take to school for a sort of "Show and Tell: People Edition", a young boy decides that his grandpa, Frank, will just have to do. But Frank is so boring. All he ever does is complain and talk about how things were in his day. This is sure to be a disaster. But Grandpa Frank has a few surprises up his sleeve, and by the end of the day, he is the most popular person in the classroom.

I love this for Grandpa Frank's terrific personality. Just as wi
The narrator's grandfather, Frank, is somewhat of a character, set in his ways, and stubborn. That's perfectly fine as long as he's at home, but when the school has a show-and-tell day, and Frank is his guest, the narrator is anxious. After all, what could he possibly find about Frank that's worth telling to his classmates? The other kids seem to have fascinating relatives with whom a curmudgeonly grandfather can't possibly compete. But it turns out that Frank has quite a story to tell--complete ...more
The Styling Librarian
The Frank Show by David Mackintosh – all ages – LOVED this book. Appreciation of family. Understanding other generation’s perspectives. Taking the risk to do what you want even if your friends tease you a little. “The Frank Show reveals that there is more to the older generation than meets the eye, and how much fun it can be getting to know them.” I’m personally excited about this book discovery because it fits with my year 2 unit of inquiry into past generations and how they helped shape how we ...more
I love picture books that explore the lives of grandparents and this one is entertaining. Grandad Frank is highly opinionated. He doesn't like noise or today's music or gadgets or gizmos and that's just the beginning. It's easy to imagine how frustrating he must be to live with. When the main character, a young boy, needs to give a one minute talk at school on a family member, Frank it has to be, even though it's a grim prospect. When the moment for the talk arrives, it's pretty dull going until ...more
Jen Sines
Jan 15, 2013 Jen Sines rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story about a boy who has to take a special someone to talk about for show-and-tell. The only person is Granpa Frank, who the boy sees as a cranky old man that has never done anything special. The illustrations perfectly reflect the text, and there are details in both the text and illustrations that the adult reader will appreciate. Of course, as an adult reader, you know that Granpa Frank will turn out to be more special than he seems, and I think the author did an great j ...more
Audra Rowell
Feb 25, 2013 Audra Rowell rated it really liked it
Shelves: kiddie-lit
Right after reading Grandpa Green, I picked up The Frank Show by David MacIntosh. Like Grandpa Green, this book is a great catalyst for a discussion on grandparents. We know our grandparents only as the older, more wrinkled versions of our parents. As children, we often don’t realize that our grandparents were ever young and have experienced things that we read about in history books. It wasn't until the deaths of my grandparents when I inherited hundreds of pictures that I realized they had onc ...more
Oct 01, 2012 Shelli rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Frank's class is having a different type of "show and tell." Instead of bringing a beloved object from home students are required to bring a family member to share. After hearing about the interesting people his classmates were bringing Frank became nervous about who he would bring. When his "boring" grandfather was the only one available to come Frank was mortified. How could someone who is "just a grandpa" be any fun to share with his classmates?

Touching story to share with children, presenti
The Brothers
Mar 08, 2016 The Brothers rated it really liked it
A little boy is grumpy because he has to tell about a family member, but all of his family members are dull. Especially his grandfather. All the other kids have cool stories to tell and our little boy puts off telling his till the very last. But his grandpa comes with him to school that day and the little boy learns some things about his grandfather that he didn't know before. Perhaps he isn't so dull after all.

Fun, a bit zany, illustrations.
Tricia Douglas
Sep 21, 2012 Tricia Douglas rated it really liked it
As a teacher I can understand the stress when a child is asked to bring a sharing item to school. Especially when that item needs to be a family member. What happens when this child's sharing item ends up being his grandfather because everyone else is too busy to make the committment, makes for a wonderful story. How the "older generation" engages the classroom and makes Grandfather Frank the hero of the day, makes this story a wonderful one children and adults will find loving and humorous.
Sandy Brehl
The design and illustrations for this story are a study in contrast, anxiety, character development, and ambivalence. Grandpa Frank is a walking stereotype of curmudgeonly proportions, with intermittent hints suggesting the old dude has surprises up his sleeve. The endpapers should generate countless questions in and of themselves. Like the best of picture books, the resolution is tidying, and the bonus of new friends wanting to visit is a delightful bonus.
Apr 09, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
This is the book for all of those kids who live with a grandparent or other relative that they just don't understand. Grandpa Frank is cranky, old, likes things his way and is hard to understand for a kindergartner. Yet, show and tell tells our hero more than he thought possible about Frank, and that is a good and wonderful thing.
Feb 25, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
Frank the grandpa is MIGHTY familar...
Grandpa Frank is always around and he is boring and cranky. So nothing good could come of having him at school for show- and -tell, right?
A great one about the importance of our elders - has read-aloud potential, but some of the nuance of the illustrations and asides might be lost.
Aug 11, 2013 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: older-kids, school, family
I really loved the intergenerational aspect of this story and the idea that "just a grandpa" is someone who is really awesome. I liked the discovery by the grandson--and the rest of his class--that there is a lot more to Frank than meets the eye. The illustrations are wonderful, as well. This is a fun, quirky story that would go over well with elementary students.
Jan 09, 2013 Elisabeth rated it really liked it
Frank is an awesome hombre and this off-beat story is also awesome. I really enjoy how the text and illustrations are connected. Mackintosh reminds me of a favorite of mine - Laurie Keller. Both offer lots to look at and funny asides; but the story doesn't suffer because of the busy illustrations. Not a good story time choice, but I can see older elementary kids getting a kick out of Frank.
Rachel Watkins
Mar 09, 2014 Rachel Watkins rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
I adore this book and think grandparents should buy it for their grandchildren! Grandpa Frank is cranky and uninteresting to his grandson. He doesn't like new music, technology, haircuts, or doctors. Despite this, Grandpa is brought to show and tell. Will it be a bust? Or will Grandpa surprise everyone with the story of his green tattoo and his experience in the war? Read it to find out.
Aug 24, 2012 Paula rated it really liked it
A boy unhappily prepares for a show-and-tell presentation about his grandfather, Frank, who seems to be boring and grumpy, but he is in for a few surprises when the big day arrives. Great illustrations mixed in with collages
Miss Sarah
May 30, 2015 Miss Sarah rated it it was ok
a little long but a cute one on one read about a boy forced to bring his grandfather for a special people show and tell. He doesn't find anything interesting about his grandfather but grandpa frank surprises everyone.
Oct 08, 2012 Kendra rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, family
Frank reminds me of my grandpa, though I NEVER thought he was boring. And all my friends always wanted to meet him (some of them were even lucky enough to). This is the perfect book for any kid who might think their family members are boring and for those who know they aren't.
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