Synopses & Reviews
The creator of ZELDA AND IVY illustrates the fine art of being a good friend — and still being yourself-in an engaging, amusing tale about appreciating differences.
Frank likes the quiet life — an afternoon sitting in his favorite armchair and playing the ukulele suits him just fine. Izzy, on the other hand, craves an adventure, as you might expect of a rabbit whose grandma sailed the seven seas with a parrot on her shoulder (well, maybe not the parrot part). Its no surprise that when Izzy suggests they sail to Crescent Island and camp out overnight, Frank is a tiny bit hesitant. But when Izzy agrees to tow along most of Franks earthly possessions — and Frank patches up an unexpected mishap on Izzys part — they both agree that odd couples can make great companions for sharing a wonderful summers day.
"Opposites make good partners in this low-key tale, where an adventurous rabbit goes camping with her stay-at-home friend, a brown bear. Izzy, an outdoorsy Katherine Hepburn type, arrives at Frank's lakeside house wearing a sailor suit and ready to go boating. Frank, her overcautious counterpart, associates sailing with 'shipwrecks and castaways,' but he can't deter Izzy from her plan. He fills a large raft with gear ('I like to be prepared'), and they sail to an island where Izzy goes hiking and leaves Frank to set up camp. When Izzy returns with a hurt paw ('A sasquatch bit it,' she claims), Frank bandages it and serves a hot dinner. To Frank's delight, Izzy packed his ukulele, and he conquers his shyness to play some nostalgic, bunny-themed songs like 'Hoppy Days Are Here Again.' Kvasnosky (Zelda and Ivy) depicts Izzy as the intrepid type who provides spontaneous fun, and Frank as the practical fellow (and a bit of a worrywart) who averts disaster and winds up enjoying himself. The author's gouache-resist paintings feature pale, waxy colors washed over crayony black, creating a quiet, nonthreatening atmosphere that dispels Frank's trepidations. Frank and Izzy's flirty camaraderie resembles that of two old-fashioned adults rather than two children, but their easy-going, give-and-take friendship provides an example for any age. Ages 5-9." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The creator of "Zelda and Ivy" illustrates the fine art of being a good friend in this amusing tale about appreciating differences. Frank likes the quiet life while Izzy craves adventure. When Izzy suggests they camp out overnight, Frank is a bit hesitant. Full color.
About the Author
Laura McGee Kvasnosky has published twelve books for young readers, including the award-winning series about the two fabulous fox sisters, Zelda and Ivy. She says of FRANK AND IZZY SET SAIL, "I identify with many of the characteristics of Izzy, while my husband takes after Frank. Were still practicing our ukuleles for the Talent Show."