Frank is lost! He's run off and it is our job to find him. Our narrator shares eight facts about Frank so we know what to look for as we start solving this mystery. We have a map, interview notes from the family and we talk to other people who may have seen Frank. When we get to the places where Frank might be, we have a list of other things to find, too.
I really liked the approach the author takes in creating this mystery for preschoolers and kids of Kindergarten age. Each fact is presented clearly. The "Exhibits" and "notecards" make it easy for them to parse information. New readers can gain confidence as readers while honing their detective skills. Little fingers can trace Frank's journey on the maps, too.
At each location where Frank was spotted, the author has a list of other things readers can look for in the book. While this may be fun for some, others will see it as a distraction. For kids who struggle with ADD, this feeds into their tendency to head off on tangents rather than stay focused on the task at hand.
Preschool and Kindergarten detectives will enjoy this story that is partly a mystery and part seek-and-find. The story is well laid out to allow them to learn, observe, and then use their thinking caps to find Frank.
The primary audience is not going to understand some of the directional elements (e.g., southeast on Lincoln Street). The pawprints on the map don't head toward the ballfield, so some readers may be confused by that.
This is a picture book that engages the reader to participate in solving a mystery.
The story is partly a mystery and partly seek-and-find for young readers. While readers are looking for Frank, at each place they stop to look, there is a list of other things to spot on the page.
7 and Up
4 to 9
Borrow. This is a cute picture book (that can be an easy reader) but once the kids have looked at it a couple of times, they'll be ready to move on.