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Frank and Laverne by Dave Whamond and Jennifer Stokes

There are always two sides to every story. 
A dog's side. And a cat's side. 

Meet Frank
Protective. Has a stuffed fish named Eugene. 
Loves to chase squirrels in the yard. 
Has a Great Dane as a nemesis.
And one best friend to love - Laverne the cat.

Meet Laverne
Has a typical can't-be-bothered, feline attitude.
She wants to steal Eugene, but a flea-brained pug seems to always be standing in her way.

Each character's story is written from their own perspective in a diary-like format complete with a detailed daily log, interspersed with text and illustrations. The log covers a week of their lives. The writing is absolutely brilliant. Poignant and relatable perspectives that want to make you laugh-out-loud. I really enjoyed reading this book and I predict it may be one of my favourites to pick up during reading time this season. 

Described as a book that is saturated with verbal and visual humour. 
Rich vocabulary, onomatopoeia, and the play on opposite points of view make this a smart, laugh-out-loud pick for critical reading. 

I read Frank's story first and totally fell in love with his spunky, energetic, lager than life, protective, pugnacious, simpleton nature. 

Later, when I flipped the book over and read Laverne's side, I was flooring with laughter all the more. Playing the coy, don't give a damn cat, Laverne conveys her side of how the week went, and it's a brilliant yet realistic in how astonishingly different her account of the same events unfolded. 

Unlike Frank, who is totally in love with her, she considers him a bit of a nuisance, and frankly wants him out of her life. She finally gets her chance and devices a plan, that just may work in her favour. But, this is a children's book after all, and good must win over evil. So alas, her plan does not quite pan out as she had hoped. 

Oddly enough, this book feels like something that would appeal to older readers more than younger ones. However, I cannot be certain of my theory, and plan to conduct my own reading group experiments in the next few weeks. The illustrations set in watercolour with pencil lines, have a enduring quality to them, that make the characters feel life-sized and adorable. 

Have you read the book? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments section. 

Dave Whamond is the award-winning author/illustrator of My Think-a-ma-Jink and they Oddrey series and a regular contributor to chickaDEE and OWL magazines. 
Jennifer Stokes has been a children's book editor for almost twenty years. 

    Frank And Laverne is published by Chirp, chickaDEE and OWL 

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