The Frank Show
By David Mackintosh
Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2012. Unpaged picture book.
A boy (unnamed) is supposed to bring someone interesting to show-and-tell at school. This is a problem, because he's stuck with bringing his crotchety Grandpa Frank. Frank complains about everything, and seems terribly boring compared to the other show-and-tell guests at the boy's school. But the boy and his class get a major surprise when Frank arrives in full military costume and crazy props. For once, he doesn't talk about all the things he hates or how the old days were much better than today. Instead, he tells stories about playing the bugle, his army days, and how he got his cool green tattoo. The class cheers for Frank and his awesome show-and-tell performance! Grandpa Frank is a unique picture book character and a funny old coot. David Mackintosh's illustrations are full of imagination and detail, and the story is pure comedy.