Title: Frankly, Frannie: Check, Please!
Author: AJ Stern
Illustrator: Doreen Mulryan Marts
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
Concepts: jobs, job search, human resources.
Review: Loveable troublemaker Frannie Miller is back again in her perpetual search for the perfect office job. This time Frannie has her sights set on becoming a food critic, something that sounds like the most spectacular job in America. After all, food critics probably do their writing in an office, and they get to eat at restaurants for their job.
Equipped with her fully loaded briefcase (which included her resume, business cards, and writing materials), Frannie joins her parents for dinner at Balloo, the town’s fancy new French restaurant. The situation quickly spirals out of control, though, when Frannie mistakes another patron for a famous food critic, she mistakes escargot for bugs, and she takes it upon herself to inform the critic about the bugs. How can Frannie possibly get herself out of this pickle now?
This latest installment in the Frankly, Frannie series can facilitate another opportune moment to talk with children about job searches and the different kinds of occupations in which people work. With Frannie continuing to wreak havoc amongst the unsuspecting adults around her, she will probably need to search a bit longer before finding a job suited to her unique set of talents.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children