Book Review: Meet Franklin Bean by Emmy Swain

Amazon summary
John is worried about adapting to his new life after his mother lost her job. With the influence and inspiration from his new friend, Franklin Bean, John finds a smile on his face once again. This magical little dog, full of surprises, will keep your imagination wondering; leaving you eager to read more Franklin Bean.

My review
This is a fun read, but it’s not a fluffy book. The book addresses the economy, bullying, and change. I think this book will appeal to school-age children, mainly because the subject-matter is a little heavier than pre-schoolers are prepared to sit through.

I read it to my 3-year-old, and about 75% of the way through, he told me to stop because the talking dog scared him. (We might have had better luck had we been reading a physical book rather than an ebook. After all, Blue’s Clues books and shows are a staple in our house, and that’s certainly a talking dog. ) My ten-year-old, however, loved it, and when he read, “Keep your eye out for the next Franklin Bean adventure,” he was very excited and asked, “That means there are going to be more books, right?”

UPDATE: On Wednesday night, I tried to read the book to Bennett, and he made me stop. Saturday morning, the first thing he said when he woke up was, “I want to read the doggy story.” Um, okay. So we did, and he liked it. Kids.

As for the actual story, it’s well-written and flows well. I enjoyed reading it.

About the book
Title: Meet Franklin Bean (Volume 1)
Author: Emmy Swain (illustrated by Levi Whitworth)
Publisher: Emmy Swain
Release date: March 3, 2011
Pages: 34
Where I got the book: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review as part of Adopt An Indie Month.
Rating: 4 stars We had mixed reviews here. The 3yo didn’t like it, then he did, the 10yo loved it, and I liked it. It’s worth your time to pick it up and check it out.

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Meet Franklin Bean by Emmy Swain

  1. I always have him read the MG & children's books after I read them because I think having a kid's perspective is more important than an adult's on those books. Send me a message when you get ready for reviews. 🙂

  2. Glad to hear you have a 10-year-old. Maybe by the time I get Erth Won (Boy Scouts who travel to the first earth to save its Heartland) published, he'll be the right age to read it. Crossing my fingers as I query.

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