Title: Frankly, Frannie: Principal for the Day
Author: AJ Stern
Illustrator: Doreen Mulryan Marts
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
Concepts: jobs, job search, human resources.
Review: Well-intentioned but mischievous Frannie Miller has returned to another adventure as part of her perpetual search for the perfect office job. From the beginning, Frannie has dreamed of working in a real office, surrounded by office supplies and dressed to impress. When she hears the school principal announce a new competition to become “Principal for the Day,” Frannie knows immediately that this position would be a perfect match for her. She would even get her own office assistant.
While Frannie may appear prepared for the job with her principal suit and briefcase (complete with resume and business cards), her tendency to follow the beat of her own drum quickly gets hers into trouble. This time, however, the problems she causes could even harm other people. Will Frannie ever manage to channel her quirky personality into an effective job performance?
This newest addition to the Frankly, Frannie series can help to generate further discussions with children about job searches and different types of occupations in which people work. Although this installment is a bit less zany than the previous books, it will still leave readers wondering if Frannie will ever find an office job that best matches her unique skill set.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children