Picture Book Review: Frankie’s Scared of Everything

Frankie's Scared of Everything by Mathew Franklin
Frankie’s Scared of Everything
by Mathew Franklin

3 out of 5 stars on GoodReads

Frankie is afraid of every noise that he hears in the dark, imagining that there are monsters after him. But his mother assures him that there is nothing to fear from nightly noises, and his imagination can be his greatest tool in fighting off his fears, instead of letting his imagination run wild.

I really enjoyed the story, especially how Frankie’s mother encourages him to harness his imagination and control his fears. The writing is excellent, and I appreciated all the alliterative noises the monsters make, like “crashing, creeeaking” and “scraping, scratching”. Those details make it fun to read, and paint a vivid picture.
The artwork was so busy that it was difficult to follow what was happening on the page, and some of the text was lost in the crease in the middle of the book. But I did like that all the monsters that Frankie imagines are lit up with this ghostly glow, while the rest of the background is in muted colors. That was a cool feature.
I have to say, Frankie’s eyebrows are weird. They look detached from his face somehow.

I wasn’t a big fan of the artwork, but I liked the story and the message about not letting your imagination get the best of you.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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