Title: Frankly, Frannie: Funny Business
Author: AJ Stern
Illustrator: Doreen Mulryan Marts
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
Concepts: jobs, job search, human resources.
Review: Our well-intentioned but hopelessly mischievous friend Frannie Miller has returned for another attempt to find the perfect office job. There is nothing that excites Frannie more than the opportunity to use official office materials and interact with high-level people. What better place than a professional conference to engage in these activities?
Armed yet again with her trusty briefcase (complete with resume, business cards, and writing materials), Frannie joins her parents for a trip to Florida. Even the magnificent amusement park, though, cannot tempt Frannie away from the conference that her father has organized, especially when she finds out that they need helpers. Perhaps this time Frannie can indeed stay out of trouble and handle the responsibility of the job she was assigned.
As the newest addition in the Frankly, Frannie series, this book provides another amusing vehicle for talking with children about job searches and the different kinds of occupations in which people work. Frannie's silliness seems a little more contrived in this installment compared to the earlier books, but her honest desire to find meaningful work remains as endearing as ever.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children