Title: Frankly, Frannie
Author: AJ Stern
Illustrator: Doreen Mulryan Marts
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
Concepts: jobs, job search, human resources
Review: Quite precocious by nature, young Frannie Miller loves nothing better than offices and the idea of getting an office job. So when her teacher announced that the class would visit the local radio station to hear one of the parents put on his regular radio show, Frannie was thrilled. After all, he must have an office, so perhaps he had a job for her. Equipped with her home-made business cards and resume, Frannie arrived ready to impress. Unfortunately, the radio station staff members were not ready for Frannie, as she unwittingly turned an empty hot seat in the studio into a chaotic chain of events that affected the entire town.
This well-intentioned and know-it-all character is sure to amuse readers to no end as one seemingly innocent action snowballs into complete mayhem. Added to the mix are some simple economic ideas related to the settings where people work and some of the steps involved in finding a job. AJ Stern has created an endearing character that readers will surely want to follow into another job search adventure.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children