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3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  1,280 Ratings  ·  219 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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Sara Register
Sep 27, 2007 Sara Register rated it liked it
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?"
Oct 04, 2007 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
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
Feb 18, 2008 Ginger rated it it was amazing
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 it was ok
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
Jean Brodahl
Nov 30, 2008 Jean Brodahl rated it really liked it
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
Apr 30, 2009 Ariana rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fun, funny
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
Melanie Peake
Jul 30, 2009 Melanie Peake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 18, 2010 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: boys, humor
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
Oct 16, 2010 Robin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, children
"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
Elisha Condie
Nov 12, 2010 Elisha Condie rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 04, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: ethan-liam
I read this a few years ago and loved it. So I passed it to Ethan who also loved it. So fun.
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
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
Apr 08, 2013 Lainie rated it really liked it
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
Jan 21, 2012 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 22, 2012 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, boys
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
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
Jonathan Roberts
Jun 08, 2012 Jonathan Roberts rated it really liked it

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
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
Jun 11, 2014 Charl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-rated
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
Amy Forrester
Mar 07, 2014 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing
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
LH Johnson
Aug 19, 2014 LH Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Chelsea Couillard-Smith
Oct 24, 2014 Chelsea Couillard-Smith rated it really liked it
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
Nick Davies
I'd probably rate this somewhere between a two and a three - I didn't hate it but I didn't rate it highly either.

This was given to me to read as part of the book group I am a member of, and it was a relatively easy, sometimes enjoyable and occasionally funny little read about a family who run a garage at the bottom of a hill in a small Welsh town, who get involved in some shenanigans regarding art theft. The font was large, the language was simple, and the narrator was a young boy. I'm assuming
Feb 15, 2016 PiMaster rated it it was ok
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Jim Ef
Mar 28, 2016 Jim Ef rated it really liked it
What a pleasant read!! Recommented to all the little AND big kids out there.

Αρχικά είχα την εντύπωση πως θα είναι βαρετό, ευτυχώς έπεσα έξω, ποοοοολύ έξω.

Κύριος πρωταγωνιστής του βιβλίου είναι ο Ντίλαν, είναι 9 ετών και είναι το μοναδικό αγόρι, κοντά στην ηλικία του, που ζεί στο Μάνοντ, μια μικρή πόλη του Ηνωμένου Βασιλείου. Για να μη στην περιγράφω πάρε μια εικόνα
Ωραίο μέρος. Ε λοιπόν στο βουνό που βλέπεις πίσω είχανε μεταφέρει οι Άγγλοι, κατά τη διάρκεια του β' παγκοσμίου πολέμου την Εθνική Πι
A charmer! Lovely story about how exposure to great art changes the lives of the people in a small Welsh town.
Sep 03, 2016 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Following major flooding in London the collection from the National Gallery is moved to a disused slate mine in Wales. It's supposed to be top secret but doesn't manage to stay that way.
The local children start to get involved and a whole discussion follows about "what is Art?".
Ultimately the cildren swop one of the paintings destined to be on display in London for a montage of baby photos which actually proved to be a huge success.
It also transpires that the father of the two batty old women wh
Sep 15, 2016 Chloe rated it it was amazing
good book by frank Cottrell boyce
Sumit Singla
Quirky story, but of course not 'adult' enough to keep me engaged for too long.
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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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