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Young Frank, Architect

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  242 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Young Frank is an architect. He lives with his grandfather, Old Frank, who is also an architect and his spotted dog, Eddie. Using anything he can get his hands on; macaroni, pillows, toilet paper, shoes, Young Frank likes to build buildings that twist, chairs with zig zag legs and even entire cities. But Old Frank disapproves, saying architects only build buildings.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Museum of Modern Art (first published August 20th 2013)
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Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book celebrating creativity and diversity.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
STEAM alert! Another great book that fits so neatly into the ever buzzy STEAM category. A Blue Spruce nominated book from 2015 Young Frank, Architect by Frank Viva is actually the first storybook for The Museum of Modern Art located in New York City. It's the story of young Frank and his grandfather old Frank. Young Frank is an architect who uses anything he can get his hands on to build interesting things but when he starts to question his desire to be an architect, a trip to MoMa inspires him, ...more
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edu-333
This is a cute story about a child who aspires to build creatively. His father is a traditional architect with traditional ideas. Eventually they discover that other famous architects indeed build creatively.

The pictures are fun. The story is rather architecture specific. This is good to expose children to specific jobs they may not be familiar with. It also makes it a harder sell for children who like familiar ideas. The book supports creativity in their work.

Students could use this book to di
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
there's not particularly a story. More like intro to complex idea about what architects do. It sort of skips more complex classification without ever explaining what is an architect generally believed to be. But perhaps that is the point. Seems more like a book commissioned by MoMa to sell at their gift shop.
Whole And
If I hadn't "Iggy Peck, Architect" a while back and all of Andrea Beaty's books I might have enjoyed this book more. However, it feels a little too similar for comfort of authenticity.
I do appreciate the introduction to MoMA and the works of well known architects.
Kiah Rhoads
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This will be my book-talk #4
Miss Kelly
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Only worth reading if you're bringing a child to MoMA.
Rommel Sison
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it
6-year-old daughter: 4 stars
5-year-old daughter: 4 stars
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm really enjoying these MoMA books by Frank Viva. This story has lots of depth and could lead to much discussion. Loved it. 4.5 stars and can't wait to share it with the art teachers at my elementary school!
Becky B
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Young Frank wants to be an architect like his grandpa, Old Frank. But Young Frank's designs seem to be a bit too strange, so Old Frank takes him to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see how the professionals do things. At the MoMA both Franks discover designs by several Franks who did things rather unconventionally, inspiring them to let loose with the creativity when they get home.

Finally, a Frank Viva color scheme that didn't grate on my eyes! I really liked Young Frank and Old Frank's interac
Amy Forrester
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Young Frank is an architect who lives with his small dog Eddie and his grandfather, Old Frank. Young Frank loves to create architectural designs with anything and everything (even Eddie!), but he becomes discouraged when Old Frank tells him his designs aren’t anything like the ones real architects make. Real architects don’t make twisty towers or squiggly chairs. Or do they? After a trip to the Museum of Modern Art Old Frank thinks maybe he’s a little younger and a little wiser. Back matter incl ...more
To find inspiration from real architects, Old Frank takes his grandson, Young Frank, on a trip to The Museum of Modern Art in New York. To their surprise, they find a lot of unusual work by several different Franks, including Frank O. Gehry and Frank Lloyd Wright. Also, Old Frank realizes that he was wrong to dismiss Young Frank's innovative designs featuring towering skyscrapers made from books and chairs made from toilet paper rolls. The two end up designing an entire city by fashioning all so ...more
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love the experience of the unexpected, surprise, discovery, learning, of having my assumptions overturned. Young Frank, Architect offers this experience in the package of a charming picture book. Young Frank, a budding architect, and Old Frank, his grandpa and seasoned architect, learn together what "real" architects create, ultimately overturning some assumptions. Author Frank Viva's simple story and drawings echo the words of another architect named Frank: "Youth is a quality, not a matter ...more
The Brothers
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Young Frank lives with his grandfather (Frank) who is an architect. Young Frank likes to build things with a flare for the imaginative. His grandfather keeps telling him that's not how things are made, until one day they both go to the MoMA and learn just how crazy and imaginative making things from chairs to city layouts can be.

Illustrations are a bit kooky, but nice as they demonstrate actual architecture feats by famous architects (a few of which are named Frank!).
Nov 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
A wee love letter to MoMa, and designers across all industries. I'd love to see a juvenile graphic novel that provides the backstory to Young Frank's circumstances for living with his grandfather and designing cityscapes and chairs all day. Similar to Viva's other work, the emphasis seems to be on the visuals. The vocabulary has a "see spot run" vibe, but is coming from an endearing and charismatic place.
Nov 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Architecture is not just about building a perfectly straight lined building, as Young Frank teaches Old Frank. Kids who have a passion for creativity and building will enjoy this silly and informative picture book about two architects named Frank and their trip to the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, picture-book
Young Frank wants to be an architect, but Old Frank doesn't think his designs would work since they are twisted and built from things one would not normally use for building. They visit the MOMA and find creations built by others named Frank (Gehry and Lloyd Wright) and are surprised by what they see.
Cheri Linton
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a really unique easy read. The pictures were blue and enhanced the whole topic of artistic preference. The glossary at the end was edifying in that it talked about three architects named Frank. The young boy in the story represented Frank Ghery who refused to see buildings just as "buildings".
Chorus &
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ah, this book is so full of great aesthetics. The children are always captivated by the characters themselves and all the great images. This book is a lovely portrait of a young boy and grandfather. A sweet story that shows how important it is to understand different perspectives. A perfect read for 3-5 groups.
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pb, storytime, stem
solid illustrations. some helpful back matter (bios of the architects featured). Great book for a career day or to introduce what it really is that architects do, or even to show the nice relationship a child can have with an adult.
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very nice! Not many books for young readers about architecture and this is a great introduction. The story line works nicely and is one that resonates with children. A nice book to use before a trip to a museum or to a city. A lot of great ways to use this in a classroom.
Ridgewood Public Library Youth Services
A good intro to modern art via "young frank," whose creations don't quite meet the standards of his grandfather, "Old Frank." With a nice note at the end about some of the artists whose work is featured in the book. - Brittin (RPL)
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A great story about growing up and staying young told through grandson and grandpa architects learning and relearning to play with ideas.
Sep 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Cool and retro style illustrations.
Karen Arendt
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, picture-books
Story of how MOMA changed the views of a young and old architect after visiting the museum.
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
A charming and nicely illustrated book that will also encourage children to go off and create. Lovely.
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
The sweetest book about Frank, his grandpa Frank, and Eddie their dog... and MoMA...I loved it : )
Amar Pai
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
Young Frank and Old Frank make a chair out of cookies. The moral of the story is, chairs can be whatever.
Oct 31, 2013 rated it liked it
I was hoping that this was all about Frank Lloyd Wright, but it was still a good book anyway. Supports creativity.
Elaine Heumann
My 3 year old advisor Nate and his mother Susie rate it highly. Haven't read yet but am putting in their favorites for others interested in the Museum theme. Need all the help I can get.
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Frank Viva is an illustrator and designer who lives in Toronto, Canada. He is a cover artist for The New Yorker and sits on two college advisory boards. He is passionate about cooking, eating, and his daily bike ride to the office.

His first picture book, Along a Long Road, received wide critical acclaim and was chosen by the New York Times as one of the Ten Best Illustrated Books of 2011. A Trip