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A few things to know about Dylan He is the only boy in his entire town so forget about playing soccer. His best friends are two pet chickens. His family owns the world's only gas station/coffee house their pies are to die for, but profits are in the hole. Criminal instincts run in his family his sister is a mastermind-in-training, and the tax men are after his father for q...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published July 7th 2006)
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Jean Brodahl
Nov 30, 2008 Jean Brodahl rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone.
The adorable narrator of this book is 9 year old Dylan from Wales. He's the ONLY boy in the small town of Manod so he has no one to play soccer with...a real bummer in a young English boy's life.

It starts out slow, but don't give up, you will be richly rewarded. I read a LOT of this book out loud to my husband because it is laugh out loud hilarious! We don't have this in our library yet but we have his first book "MILLIONS" & it's my favorite of the two, but only by a hair. It was turned in...more
This was a fun read. I loved the main character, Dylan, a young boy living in the small Welsh town of Manod. He has great pride in Manod and is oblivious to its many drawbacks (constant rain, poor economy, etc.), though the adults reference them often. He and the other children in his family pull together to help save their family's gas mart from financial ruin.

There were a few sections of the book that dragged a little, but I had to keep reading because the author was so good at throwing someth...more
Elisha Condie
Aww, another awesome book recommend by my friend who produces the Bob Edwards show. I'm all alone in the dark without her.

This story is so great. It's about the small English town of Manod where a little service station owned and operated by Dylan and his family is struggling to survive. Then the entire art collection from the British Museum comes to be stored in Manod Mountain and things get interesting. Different townspeople are touched and inspired by different works of art and things star...more
Sara Register
A Pretty quirky book...just like Millions. I enjoyed reading it for the quirkiness. I had to laugh at all the references to "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", having grown up watching them. I laughed every time someone said, "What the shell?"
Jonathan Roberts

By Frank Cottrell Boyce

‘Framed’ Is a wonderful story about the power of Art. The story is set in the small, bleak, ex-slate mining town of Manod in Wales and Dylan is the last remaining child in the whole town! He is just Nine years old and helps his dad to run the failing ‘Snowdonia Oasis Auto Marvel’: a petrol station with a coffee machine. There is not much going on in Manod until the arrival of some mysterious suited men. It transpires that due to some unprecedented flooding in London...more
Framed bercerita tentang seorang anak cowok yang keluarganya punya bengkel mobil dan pom bensin. Karena usaha keluarganya itu, dia jadi ahli banget mengenai mobil. Mereka tinggal di sebuah rumah di kota kecil, di dekat gunung yang menurutnya "terbalik", dalam arti, bagian luar gunung tidak dilapisi oleh pohon dan rumput, melainkan oleh batu, sehingga gunung tersebut seperti terbalik bagian luar dan dalamnya.

Pada suatu hari, banyak mobil yang naik ke atas gunung tersebut, dan menimbulkan keheboha...more
A misunderstanding involving the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and famous works of art; a small welsh town with quirky residents; and a family trying to save its struggling business and home—the Snowdonia Oasis Auto Marvel—makes for a witty and hysterical read about how art can transform. The story is told from the perspective nine-year-old Dylan Hughes, the only boy left living in Manod—a dying, dreary grey town in Wales. But the town slowly becomes alive again after record flooding in London ca...more
LH Johnson
I adore Frank Cottrell Boyce. Millions, to me, remains one of the great pieces of perfect children's literature. It is the book that I would have written if I could, if it had not already been written to such perfection beforehand.

Framed is a similarly joyful thing. Dylan lives in Manod, a small town in the depths of Wales which pretty much defined the phrase 'the middle of nowhere'. He's the last boy in the town as well, following one family moving away, and now all he has to do to keep himself...more
This is such a sweet book, and I read the entire thing in a day. The character of Dylan is charming with childhood naivety, hopes and ambitions.

Dylan expresses stark reality and truth in an utterly simplistic, child-like way. Dylan's thought processes, such as thinking a kettle of boiling water can warm a part of the sea; his tiny little quirks such as his extensive knowledge of cars and his desire to write extremely descriptive log book entries are so perfect that you feel only a child could h...more
Framed has been on my "To-read" list for years and I feel like doing a happy dance now that I have finally had the opportunity to read it! Nine-year-old Dylan Hughes' family owns the Snowdonia Oasis Auto Marvel Garage in tiny Manod. As the economy has become more difficult families continue to move to London to find work and Dylan now finds himself the only boy left in town--except his baby brother Max. Although it rains almost constantly and the town is somewhat run-down Dylan can't imagine a m...more
Amy Musser
9 year old Dylan wasn’t the brains behind stealing the painting (that was his little sister Minnie, she’s a genius), but he remembers all the events that led up to the heist. It’s all thanks to the detailed notes he started talking in the petrol log for his family’s business, the Snowdonia Oasis Auto Marvel. To most people it might look like a combination gas station and convenience store, but Dylan knows that one day it will be Manod’s premier indoor attraction! Dylan also remembers the day the...more
I was talking to my colleagues in my lunch break the other day and we started discussing our 'favourite books', my manager told me about 'Framed' and said how much she loved it. I had read 'Cosmic' by the same author and loved it so I agreed to give this one a go. I requested it from another library as we didn't have it and it arrived quite quickly. I have a lot of books to read, but I figured this would be a quick read so I slotted it in. It was fairly quick, I started it this morning and finis...more
What a delightful diversion! This children's novel is by the author of "Millions," which was made into the very successful art house film of the same name. Both stories center on a young boy who learns his own value by the end of his adventure. "Framed" has been on my "to-read" list for ages, and it's pure coincidence that I snagged a copy right after reading "The Madonnas of Leningrad," which *also* deals with the stowing away of national art treasures to protect them from harm. In this case, i...more
"Framed" is another great book I bought on a whim. Sometimes this kind of impulsive buying leads me to a great find (like Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat, an awesome book found just the week before), while sometimes it leads to a total disaster (don't remind me, I'm trying to forget all those tried-but-can-never-finished books). Luckily this is in the first category.

This is a hilarious book, especially towards the end. I love all the characters, criminal-minded that they are (except the Da...more
Well that makes 2 really excellent audiobooks in a row! This was really fantastic and I think I can say with certainty that the performance of the narrator definitely enhanced the story and not just because I'm a sucker for accents. While the Welsh accent was, in fact, really fun to listen to, the pacing and interpretation allowed me to really enjoy Dylan's point of view.

The story itself is great, but I feel all of the blurbs that I've read don't really do it justice. Yes, it's about a boy that...more
Melanie Peake
Well now, what an absolutely fantastic book! I laughed out loud properly on a number of occasions. A charming story about "the last boy in Manod" Dylan Hughes, his family and fellow denizens of the Welsh town (NOT a village!).
It explores the importance and power, as well as the subjective value of art, and it's effect on various people; the idea of community, and adaptation.
The recurring motif of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an interesting one, and cleverly used, although what young adult...more
Another winner. I loved the movie MILLIONS, which I saw on a whim because nothing else in the theater looked good. This book, by the same author, is just as delightful.

Frank Cottrell Boyce is a master with character. He creates really quirky and interesting characters based on what their individual passions are. Dylan, the 9-year old narrator, is obsessed with cars and makes mention of each car he sees, noting the top speed, and other tidbits. By doing this, the author builds both the character...more
Apr 29, 2008 Jen rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Pre-Teen fans of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Shelves: ya-fiction
I like the unique voice of this writing, and the premise is quirky enough to be interesting. Unfortunately, however, the plot - such as it is - drags at an unbelievably slow pace, and the main character turns out to be an idiot. When faced with a painting of the madonna by Michelangelo, the boy, who isn't mentioned as being mentally challenged, literally thinks it's supposed to be the Material Girl painted by one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Seriously.

In addition, the characters that st...more
A great book to add to literature sets with art-related themes.
The book is "very" British, which means that lower-level readers may have difficulty relating or understanding some parts of it....but the engaging plot may make up for that. It reminds me of the film Waking Ned Devine in a lot of ways.

In this book, the National Gallery begins shipping its artwork off to an abandoned mine in London after flooding occurs. The mine is located near the main character's tiny village. Daft Tom--the villag...more
Ellie Matthews
This is a hilarious book, for year four to six, about a boy called Dylan living in a remote village in Wales. When the National Gallery is flooded the contents are moved to the old quarry nearby. Due to a series of misunderstandings involving Teenage Mutant Ninga Turtles and the disappearance of their father; Dylan and his mastermind sister plot to steal a famous portrait and remake the family fortunes.

The best thing about Frank Cotteral Boyce's writing is his brilliant use of voice. Dylan ofte...more
Alyson Whatcott
Another great Frank Cottrell Boyce read. I started it immediately after finishing "Cosmic." Here's the review I posted on my summer reading blog for my class: "Let the reading begin! I will share my first read of the summer. I just finished Framed, by Frank Cottrell Boyce. He is a very funny writer who also wrote Millions and Cosmic, which I also recommend. Framed is about a boy Dylan who is the only boy in his small Welsh community. His family owns a petrol station (or gas station) but they are...more
Dylan, who can't tell the difference between oil and antifreeze, works in the family's petrol shop with his dad, who can fix anything. But when dad can't afford to keep the shop running anymore, he "goes away on business" and Dylan, his siblings, and their mother are left to make the business a success. In the meantime, the story is awash with other characters and goings-on. There's Nice Tom who used to be Daft Tom (he loves Ninja Turtles). There's Lester, who is hiding famous works of art in th...more
Dylan, who can't tell the difference between oil and antifreeze, works in the family's petrol shop with his dad, who can fix anything. But when dad can't afford to keep the shop running anymore, he "goes away on business" and Dylan, his siblings, and their mother are left to make the business a success. In the meantime, the story is awash with other characters and goings-on. There's Nice Tom who used to be Daft Tom (he loves Ninja Turtles). There's Lester, who is hiding famous works of art in th...more
Dieses Buch enthält eine spannende, gleichzeitig lustige Geschichte. Die Ideen sind fabelhaft, nicht nur die von Boyce, sondern auch die der Protagonisten. Leider kann man nicht so viel über den Roman schreiben, ohne viel zu verraten. Es ist keine schwere Lektüre, eher locker und flockig obwohl sie trotzdem zum Nachdenken anregt.
Es ist übrigens auch für Kunstbanausen gut zu verstehen.
Doch mir fehlte das gewisse "Etwas", ich konnte nicht richtig in der Geschichte versinken. Die nächsten Ereigniss...more
Tash Berbank
This book is in the typical style of Frank Cottrell Boyce; packed with information that is well explained to kids. However, it isn't as action packed or as fast paced or as concise as Millions. The insurance scam idea is well explained but doesn't really get going until the very last pages of the book. Unfortunately, I wasn't gripped, and I don't think kids will be either.
This is a great, funny read. Set in a dying back-roads Welsh town, 9-yr-old Dylan who helps with his family's struggling gas mart is the only boy, making practicing his soccer difficult. Then comes a caravan of vans carrying art from the National Art Gallery through the town and up the mountain behind it to an abandoned slate mine because of flooding in London (based on a true incident). Due to a misunderstanding involving the Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles and 2 agoraphobic pet chickens, the art...more
This book provides a glimpse into the a small Welsh town trying to define its self after the closure of a local slate mine. A surprise visit from the National Gallery will turn the village upside-down. A family, an open mind, and a community can come together to change everyone's destiny- even if theft is your main motivation!

I loved this book! It spoke to my art-loving's heartwarming and funny and totally unique. The story is based on an actual news clip from WWII when paintings from the National Gallery in London were stowed away in a quarry for safe-keeping. In this interpretation of it, teenager Dylan and his family are desperately trying to keep their petrol/auto repair/coffee shop in business in a teeny tiny town in Wales. When mysterious trucks start going up the mountain to the old quarry in town, e...more
Destinee Sutton
This was a fantastic audiobook! I recently read Cosmic and loved it, so I thought I should start in on some of Cottrell Boyce's other books. This was, as expected, completely great, and I'm so glad I got the audio version of this because the narrator was amazing.

So the story follows narrator Dylan's family. They own a petrol station in a tiny town somewhere in Wales called Manod. Life in Manod is disrupted when the nearby hollowed-out mountain becomes a storage site for famous works of art.

Dylan Hughes is the only school-aged boy in the Welsh hamlet of Manod, but although he’ll have to wait several years until his infant brother is old enough to play soccer with him, he’s not especially perturbed. Dylan is effervescently optimistic, seeing in grey, drizzly Manod the kind of beauty only the world’s master artists could draw from their subjects. The slate quarry of Manod is to Dylan an astonishing inverse mountain; the blue-rinsed hair of the sisters Sellwood is a palette of exquisi...more
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Frank Cottrell Boyce is a British screenwriter, novelist and occasional actor.

In addition to original scripts, Cottrell Boyce has also adapted novels for the screen and written children's fiction, winning the 2004 Carnegie Medal for his debut, Millions, based on his own screenplay for the film of the same name.
His novel Framed was shortlisted for the Whitbread Book of the Year as well as the Carne...more
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