Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom by Eric Wight

frankie-pickleFrankie 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.

14 comments


  1. Oh wow! I’m definitely getting this one for my son. He’d love it! Thanks for the recommendation!

    on June 26th, 2009 at 10:24 am
  2. This sounds like something my 8yo son would read. He’s not into reading like i am and i’m trying to get him enthused with it, not an easy task. But I’ll definitely have to get this one for him! Great review, thanks!
    Natalie :0)

    on June 26th, 2009 at 10:29 am
  3. Getting this one for Evan, for sure. He’s at the upper end of the recommended age range (he’ll be 9 in August) but for reading on his own this looks perfect. And, er….my room is still kind of a “closet of doom.”

    on June 26th, 2009 at 10:40 am
  4. I was just looking at this one this morning, thinking I want to read it. Thanks for the reinforcement of that!

    on June 26th, 2009 at 10:48 am
  5. Sounds so cute! I wish I had this when my nephews were little.

    on June 26th, 2009 at 3:31 pm
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  7. I think Closet of Doom is a perfect description of my closet. Ha ha. Yeah, back in my school days my room was very messy. Now I try to keep it cleaner, but it’s not spotless.

    on June 26th, 2009 at 11:31 pm
  8. Thanks for such a great review, Natasha!

    Ali – the age range for the series is actually 7-10. Some of the solicitations have the wrong age.

    on June 27th, 2009 at 2:54 pm
  9. Good to know, Eric, thanks! I’m looking forward to seeing what he thinks of it.

    on June 27th, 2009 at 7:11 pm
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    on June 27th, 2009 at 8:54 pm
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    on June 27th, 2009 at 8:57 pm
  12. I love the popularity and increasing availability of these graphic chapter books for children. I know so many reluctant reading boys who are “tricked” into reading by these comic book-like novels. I love it. Anything that gets kids excited about reading makes me happy!

    on July 1st, 2009 at 10:38 pm
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