Frank and Lucky Get Schooled
by Lynne Rae Perkins
Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2016
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Interest Level: K-5; Reading Level: 2.7
Lexile measure: 660
4 out of 5 stars
At the end of an absolutely horrible day, Frank’s parents take him to the animal shelter where he meets his new best friend, Lucky, who was also having a pretty bad day. Thus begins a beautiful friendship between a boy and his dog.
What makes this book unique is how Lynne Rae Perkins takes this basic story and manages to tie in lessons about how learning isn’t just something you do in school, but it takes place all around us. For example, when Lucky wants to learn about skunks, Frank had to learn about chemistry in order to change Lucky from “smelly” to “not-so-smelly.” The two friends explore the concept of fractions as we see how much of the bed at night is Frank’s and how much is Lucky’s. Art is explored by discovering that “every picture can be better with a dog in it.”
The concepts introduced in the book sometimes might be above the heads of younger readers, but I can see children in grades 3-5 really enjoying the lessons explored in the wild. Children who like dogs will really love this story, because the friendship between Frank and Lucky is the most important lesson of all.