Synopses & Reviews
Cronn Mills (Beautiful Music for Ugly Children) tackles guerilla art gender norms and sibling rivalry in a whirlwind of a novel aided by comics panels from Johnson (The Outliers). Seventeen year old Frankie Neumann doesn’t feel like he belongs in his theatrical family with a mother and father who impersonate Frank Sinatra and Frank N. Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show respectively and a hellion of a younger sister Lou who alternates between theater practice and co opting Frankie’s belongings for herself. When Frankie is asked by his crush Rory and her skirt wearing cousin David to help street artist Uncle Epic with his installations he says yes despite the late nights and resultant irritated parents. Just when Frankie finds confidence in his own art Lou begins to unravel threatened by her friends over a prank gone viral. Johnson’s bold black and orange illustrations spotlight key plot points and emotions emphasizing Frankie’s view of the world and his budding affections for David. Cronn Mills’s consideration of the intersections between art and family is striking and heartfelt. Ages 12–up. Agent: Amy Tipton Signature Literary Agency. (Apr.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
In this Banksy-inspired illustrated novel, an escalating sibling rivalry train wrecks and vengeance is a street-art act of war
Introvert Frankie Neumann hates his life, and understandably so. He s got a weird, tutu-wearing sister, Lou, and even weirder parents, Bridget and Brett Frank Sinatra and Dr. Frank-N-Furter impersonators, respectively. And, he s just the guy who makes pizza at Pizza Vendetta. Though he has secret artistic aspirations of his own, his over-the-top family makes him want to stay in the background. But Frankie's life is about to change becoming way more interesting, even a little dangerous, but definitely cool.
After his shift at the pizzeria one night, Frankie meets David and Rory, cousins and errand runners for the mysterious Uncle Epic, a legendary anonymous street artist and Frankie s absolute idol. Little could Frankie dream that his new adventures with Uncle Epic would lead to the perfect opportunity to strike back at his insufferable sister for a lifetime of torture. But things go haywire quicker than you can say street art kicks righteous ass, and the lines are suddenly blurred between art and Frankie s real life.