Picture Book Review: Pepper and Frannie
It really showcases what a friendship can do for getting you outside of your comfort zone in a safe way
We received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Review Date: March 18th, 2019
Written by: Catherine Lazar Odell
Frankie likes to go with the flow. Pepper likes to have a plan. These two best friends might be very different, but they always have each other’s backs. One day, at Frannie’s urging, Pepper decided to step out of her comfort zone and onto a skateboard. After falling down—a lot—Pepper’s not sure she has what it takes to skate like her friend. But Frankie is by her side to show Pepper that with a little encouragement and determination, she can do anything.
Sweet, lively illustrations accompany this empowering tale about the power of friendship and the ups and downs of trying something new.
This was a fun little story about two friends with different personalities and how those personalities work together. One bunny is very plan and detail oriented, on top of things and very well put together. The other bunny is more carefree and wild in both spirit and planning. The two are headed to the same place for different reasons, and you really see how different they are as they prepare to leave for their trips. Ultimately, the bunny that doesn’t plan well hitches a ride with her friend, and once she gets dropped off, encourages her friend to stay and enjoy the fun activity with her. You see that her wildness and insistence for her friend to join her actually starts to loosen up the otherwise uptight bunny. And then, as the uptight bunny starts learning this new skill (skateboarding) her friend is the one who cheers her on and continues to encourage her every time she falls, so that the uptight bunny doesn’t give up.
I think what’s great about this book is the fact that these female bunnies are skateboarding, for one. It’s not usually an activity you see females doing at all, so I think that’s a really nice change. But mainly I like how it really showcases what a friendship can do for getting you outside of your comfort zone in a safe way. Yes, there was fear, on the part of the inexperienced bunny, of continuing after she fell. But the way her friend encouraged her was all positivity and, well, encouragement, which in turn you see the other bunny’s trust by continuing to try, and that’s a great example of friendship.
- Tear & Fold Resistance: 7/10
- Font Readability: 10/10
- Kid Engagement: 9/10
- Mommy Engagement: 9/10