Franklin Stein by Ellen Raskin

I found this lovely bright little book by writer / illustrator Ellen Raskin.  It was published in 1972:

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I’m fascinated by the illustration style which seems to be planned for the way the book was printed.    I love the way the colours are separated and overprinted to create other shades, and how the black  line ties everything together:

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The story is about a little boy called Franklin Stein who is a bit lonely, and so makes things.   He makes himself a friend out of the junk in a cupboard, and calls him Fred:

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There’s a lot to look at, and the story is amusing too.  Fred is not very popular, but by the end he has won first prise at a pet show:

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And he has made all the neighbour’s happy – except for the landlady who is made to fix up the rickety rackety-house.

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Here is a detail of Fred peering in at a vain neighbour.

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Franklin Stein makes a new (human) friend Elizabeth (who also makes things), but plans to make himself even more friends.  Here is is on the last page, getting some fresh material:

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Now I’m very curious to see some more of Ellen Raskin’s books.  Aparently there’s one called “Nothing Ever Happens On My Block” which sounds great.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. laura
    Dec 18, 2009 @ 17:14:40

    I love Ellen Raskin’s style too! I discovered her through flickr: http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=ellen%20raskin&w=all
    Unfortunately, not much else is available on the web yet… thanks for posting this!

  2. mashadutoit
    Dec 18, 2009 @ 17:18:58

    Thanks for the great link 🙂 I wish I could find more books by her though…

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