Frankie the Blankie

illus. by Jennifer Sattler. 32p. Bloomsbury. May 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781619636750.
POPPreS-Gr 1—Doris the ape never goes anywhere without her cuddly purple blankie, Frankie. He is faithfully by her side and in her clutches at nap time and snack time and even makes a very graceful dance partner. When Rhino comments that only babies play with blankies, Doris is so embarrassed that she puts Frankie aside for one terrible day, until she misses him too much to stay away. The only viable solution is to disguise Frankie as a hat, a bandage, and even a hankie—all solutions that prove only temporarily effective. Ultimately, the most creative and successful way to solve the problem is to put on a puppet show—with Frankie as the irresistible star of the jungle. Sattler's doe-eyed Doris is just as oddly lovable as her other beloved characters of previous books: Chick and Pug and Pig Kahuna. The lush, colorful illustrations are eye-catching and full of intricate detail. Children will be enchanted by this sweet story bearing a memorable message that one need never outgrow small childhood comforts.
VERDICT A memorable, warmhearted story that will particularly resonate with children still attached to the security of their early childhood favorites.

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