Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom written and illustrated by Eric Wight is a spoof of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom but in this case Frankie’s nemisis is his messy room. Pair that with his nagging mom and he’s got a problem! Luck turns his way when Frankie’s mother agrees that he no longer has to clean his room. Perfect! Will he now live in bliss or will his dirty room create a monster that only Frankie himself can fight off?
Frankie Pickle is half chapter book and half graphic novel, a format that works well especially for its intended audience: young boys. It’s a great balance between the comic book form and text and will appeal to both type of readers, those who need the visual and others who are more comfortable with text. My initial reaction what that the book is heavy on the preachy side, “It’s better to have a clean room than a messy one.” Looking back on it now I’m not as bothered and think that kids won’t even bat an eye over the storyline. Who knows. Every parent needs a little bit of subliminal messaging don’t they? And the illustrations are entertaining.
A fun book for the young boy in your life.
What type of kid were you? Could your room have been described as a “closet of doom?”
Links of interest: Book Dads has a great in-depth book review. Eric Wight website.
Genre: Juvenile Fiction/Graphic Novel approx ages 4-8
Publisher: Simon & Schuster. May 5, 2009.
Hardcover, 96 pages. ISBN: 1416964843
Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom is available from your local independent bookstore, Powell’s, and Amazon.