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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  1,160 ratings  ·  204 reviews
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
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
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
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
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
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
David Arko
Framed was a good book. It showed a lot of details and I was really able to imagine each place it described. For example, when he went up to the mountain for the first and how described the cloud that surrounded the middle of the as planet dishcloth because of how grey and wet it was. Although the point of the boom wasn't really shown until the last fourth of it I still enjoyed every page. I thought that Dylan was had a bit more courage, but many of things he did like walking a large mountain by ...more
I read this book a few years ago and as the students were reading it I wanted to refresh myself. What a beautiful and uplifting book, funny in places and thoughtful in others. I loved how the characters evolved and how you see events through a childs eye, Dylan.
The story takes place in a town called Manod, a grey and rainy place in Wales but despite the weather Dylan thinks its the best place in the world. Dylan provides the narrative through diary events, all logs start with a snap shot of the
Chelsea Couillard-Smith
This was my first Cottrell Boyce book, and I'm sorry I waited this long to make room for him on my to-read pile. The mystery kept me pleasantly engaged all the way through, and the characters are so nuanced and engaging that I couldn't stop thinking about them. It's really a love letter to small town life, and the setting is the star of the show, but the setting in this case is really the community of people. I was continually amazed by how touched I could be by certain characters with only a fe ...more
Sorry. this was more of a one and a half book.
I almost never do this, but I stopped reading about halfway through. This book didn't really have any plot for me- it seemed like it just went on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on TMNT reference and onand onand on and on and on and on TMNT reference and on and on and on and on and on and on and on another TMNT reference and on and on and
Alan Shaw
Written from the perspective of a schoolboy living in a small village in Wales, this book has a central plot that throughout I found unbelievable. I wasn't helped by the fact that the device used to explain it is the schoolboy's diary entry. I was left feeling that the author felt no more was needed as these were the words and perceptions of a child, and thus could automatically be accepted.

Otherwise, this is a well written book that covers a fair amount of activity within a setting so small I
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
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 Forrester
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Our family listened to this book on a road trip. The narrator was wonderful and the story was super cute. My husband and I were laughing a lot. The jokes were over our kids heads most of the time because they are so little, but they still enjoyed the book. I loved how each work of art could completely transform someone. There was great character development and an excellent story line. Loved it!
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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
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