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Review: The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt

November 8, 2011

Frankie Pratt receives a scrapbook for her high school graduation and finds her father’s old typewriter in the basement – she uses them to chronicle her life after high school.

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt, by Caroline Preston, is such a delightful book!  It’s sort of like a graphic novel for adults, but instead of drawings, it has vintage ads, ticket stubs, photos, cards, letters, etc.  The subtitle is “a novel in pictures,” which is a good description, but it leads readers to believe there are no words.  Frankie uses her father’s old typewriter to tell the story of the memorabilia in her scrapbook.

I picked this book up at SIBA at Sandy‘s insistence and I have to admit I went in a little skeptical.  I thought it would be tough to really tell a story through a scrapbook but, boy, was I wrong!  This book does indeed tell a story, and it’s a great one!  I was teary-eyed at the end of the book.  I really don’t want to tell much about the story, because it’s best to let it unfold with the words and the pictures, but Frankie certainly had an exciting life and I thought it was fabulous the way it came full circle.

I loved The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt and look forward to seeing what the author comes up with next!  If you enjoy stories told in unique formats, you don’t want to miss this book!

Review copy provided by Harper Collins. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
42 Comments leave one →
  1. November 8, 2011 5:30 am

    This one looks like and interesting and unique concept!

  2. November 8, 2011 5:50 am

    YOu know I loved this!

  3. November 8, 2011 6:13 am

    Totally fell in love with this book! I’m glad I had the chance to talk to Preston at the Moveable Feast, otherwise I’m not sure I would have picked this up. Who would have thought?

  4. November 8, 2011 6:28 am

    I loved this book, and while I wasn’t exactly skeptical, I was pleasantly surprised by how much of a novel it was.

  5. November 8, 2011 6:59 am

    I’m definitely going to read this!

  6. November 8, 2011 7:15 am

    I am so taken by this book! I tweeted about it the other week from someone else’s review. It is just beautiful.

  7. November 8, 2011 7:28 am

    I really am loving the reviews of this one. It looks like something I must try!

  8. kaye permalink
    November 8, 2011 7:41 am

    I loved this one too! So unique. My giveaway for this one ends on Nov 12th and I’m sure the winners will love it too. Glad you enjoyed it.

  9. November 8, 2011 8:07 am

    I really want to get my hands on this book. It sounds fascinating, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about it.

  10. November 8, 2011 8:08 am

    Ahh, another one everyone but me is reading! :–) I love the format though and really want to look it over!

  11. November 8, 2011 8:33 am

    Fantastic review! I cannot wait to get my hands on this!

  12. November 8, 2011 8:34 am

    Another big thumbs up for this book! This was one that I didn’t grab, but I think I may have to ask Sandy if I can take a look at her copy. I am a big scrapbooker, so this book would probably be just perfect for me. Great review, Kathy! I am glad you loved this one!

  13. November 8, 2011 9:29 am

    Oh, this one sounds really good. I’d like to check it out.

  14. November 8, 2011 9:33 am

    This is the book for me, right now I need a push to scrapbook again. Just not enough days in the week.

  15. November 8, 2011 10:13 am

    I remember teenage scrapbooks and diaries and I think this might have that same appeal. It’s one I’ll pick up if I run across it at the library but don’t think I’ll buy it.

  16. November 8, 2011 10:16 am

    Oh what a great concept! Love the trailer!

  17. November 8, 2011 10:26 am

    This book looks AMAZING! I love the scrapbook style, and I will definitely try to get my hands on this one.

  18. November 8, 2011 10:43 am

    I just read a review of this one in a magazine and thought it sounded like such a fun read. So glad to see your review of it, because now it makes me want to get my hands on a copy of it ASAP! Loved your honest post – I would have been skeptical, too. I’m glad you enjoyed it so much – makes me look forward to reading it! What a fun idea for a book!

  19. November 8, 2011 10:45 am

    Graphic novels aren’t my thing but this looks really neat! I love flipping through scrapbooks.

  20. November 8, 2011 11:08 am

    I am dying to read this! I already added it to my wish list.

  21. November 8, 2011 1:09 pm

    Great review! sounds like a unique read.

  22. November 8, 2011 1:14 pm

    Hi kathy,

    This definitely looks like one to check out, what a unique and interesting concept.

    I was amazed at the vast array of ‘scrapbboking’ materials there were in just about every craft shop, on the visits we have made to Florida, so I am guessing that the concept is ‘big’ all over the states?

    I can remember having scrapbooks full of pictures and articles about my favourite singers and actors when I was a teenager, but like most people here in the UK, that’s about as far as it went.

  23. November 8, 2011 1:30 pm

    This sounds so unusual I just have to try it!

  24. November 8, 2011 2:17 pm

    Kathy, this book does seem unique and wonderful and lovely! I’d love a copy!!

  25. November 8, 2011 3:29 pm

    Not something for me, but it does sounds cute 🙂

  26. November 8, 2011 5:50 pm

    I love this book. Glad you did too.

  27. November 8, 2011 5:57 pm

    I have been seeing this book around…and it looks fascinating…it must be fun to open up every page…

  28. November 8, 2011 6:48 pm

    I loved Kaye’s review of this one and so want to read it!! I scrapbook and this made me realize how important it is to keep a record of my life and those I love. I think this is an unique way to tell a story!

  29. November 8, 2011 6:50 pm

    Oh! That sounds fantastic!

  30. November 8, 2011 7:00 pm

    Ooooh, that looks fun!

  31. November 8, 2011 11:09 pm

    I love this concept and will put it on my Christmas wish list!

  32. November 9, 2011 10:37 am

    This one sounds amazing…I love the idea and of course it’s going on my wish list.

  33. November 9, 2011 4:43 pm

    This book is on my must read list! I love old scrapbooks. My great aunt kept all types of newspaper clippings, photos and what nots and put them in little books. I think telling a story through a scrapbook is an excellent idea since I could imagine what life was like for my great aunt looking through her books.

  34. November 9, 2011 5:20 pm

    My daughter loves scrapbooking so I think she would love this one. I love books that tell stories in innovative ways.

  35. November 9, 2011 8:40 pm

    I think this is the second time I’m coming across this book, but since I forgot all about the first time, I’ll just say this is the first. Love the sound of this one, need to get my hands on it!

  36. November 9, 2011 8:48 pm

    I love the idea of this. Such a creative way to tell a story. It must have been fun for the author to put together.

  37. November 9, 2011 9:08 pm

    I really want to read this book. It looks very original!

  38. November 10, 2011 12:04 am

    This seems like a lot of fun. I believe I would really enjoy it.

  39. November 10, 2011 9:16 pm

    I spotted this while I was checking out at the library just the other day! I loved the cover immediately. Now I wish I’d had time to go back and get it. I’ll add it to my list!

  40. November 11, 2011 8:18 pm

    I love the concept of this book and am adding it to my wishlist!

  41. November 19, 2011 3:29 am

    Oh yes, I saw this one at Sandy’s too and was very interested in it. Now that I see it in your blog, Kathy, I mustn’t miss out on it. I hope I can find this in my local bookstores.

  42. November 29, 2011 8:14 pm

    I’m still skeptical about this, LOL! But with you and Sandy and so many others saying how much you loved it I also feel like I NEED to give it a try!

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