Friday, October 26, 2012

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures
by Caroline Preston [741.5 Pre]

I suppose it technically falls under the graphic novel category, but this is a very unique book. It is a scrapbook diary from a girl in the 1920's. She is given the book as a gift for her high school graduation, and she chronicles her life from that point till she gets married. Her dream in life is to become a writer, and she practices her typing skills by making captions and notes about the various scraps in the book. Her journey takes her Vassar College, to Europe and back home again when her mother becomes ill. What I liked about it was that it was so full of little mementos to look at, that even though there is minimal text, it feels as if you've read a whole novella. If you have stayed away from graphic novels, because you don't think you like comic books, try this one. It's different enough that you may find you like them more than you expected. [If you want to try another great graphic novel, you might like The Alchemist: A Graphic Novel by Paulo Coelho. It too is a story of following your dreams.] -- recommended by Kristen A. - Gere Branch Library

[ Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt page on the official Caroline Preston web site ]

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