Funny Frank

by Dick King-Smith

Other authorsJohn Eastwood (Illustrator)
Paperback, 2003



Local notes

PB Kin




Scholastic (2003), 108 pages


Gertie the hen is appalled when her son Frank wants to swim with the ducks, but Jemima and her mother, the farmer's wife, make him a special outfit so that his dream can come true.


Original language


Physical description

108 p.; 5.19 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member mrsleishman
I like this book because it is about a chicken who wants to swim so day after day he watches the ducks all the time. When he tries to swim he starts to drown. There are these really mean ducks who say " you can't do it " but he tries real hard and i can't tell you the rest you have to find out
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about it yourself!!!
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LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
One of the shorter by the author that I've read, and one of the more direct. The theme of 'being true to yourself' is done often in children's literature, but I really like this take on it.

Frank was true to his desire to go through a stage of hanging out with the waterfowl, but when he grew up, he
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found that he really is happy being the rooster he was born to be. Nice growth process in a short, heavily illustrated, silly adventure.
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LibraryThing member ChazziFrazz
Frank may have been born a chick but he thinks he is a duck! He watches the ducklings swim in the pond and longs to be with them. The trouble is that chickens don't have waterproof feathers or webbed feet so swimming is something they just can't do!

Jemima, Frank's human friend and her family figure
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out an outfit that allows Frank to swim. Something that helps him float and fins for his feet to paddly with. He is finally able to swim with the other ducklings!

After he grows a bit bigger he starts wondering if he wants to stay like a duck or be the chicken he is supposed to be.

This is a very short read (I read it while running a load of clothes in the washer) but enjoyable. Dick King-Smith is one of my favourite childrens' lit authors. He never disappoints. This is a good chapter book and also has illustrations.
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