Mr. Frank – Children’s Book Review

Mr. Frank by Irene Luxbacher


Luxbacher’s illustrations are about; colours, patterns and creating. Her story is about a tailor, Mr. Frank who is illustrated as an older gentleman with; a slightly arched back, reading glasses, white hair and an overall warm soft edge to his figure. Mr. Frank sits but not still, his work station is in front of a window representing (in my opinion) time passing by.

Mr. Frank has made a career of creating unique and vibrant outfits for generations and his creations are a mixture of; serious times, wild times, performances and finally just plan FUN time. I have taken up sewing, not seriously but a  playful and experimental way and this book has inspired me.

Luxbacher counts the years of Mr. Frank’s work backwards, in ten year increments representing the eras of significance.

It would certainly be playful. Even more playful than the dresses and skirts he hemmed forty-some-odd years ago.

The text is written casual as if talking to someone you know;

… Mr. Frank decided it was finally time to pack up his shop. He would hang up is measuring tape, unplug his iron and put away his pins for the very last time.

Beginner readers would not know the meaning of “pack up his shop” but the parent or grandparent reading the story would. The illustrations speak volumes for the meaning of what is happening, and a children with grandparents will see the actions in Mr. Frank and know what they mean.

The illustrations are mix medium; photos, drawings, fabric and repeated patterns of colour and design. The illustrations have a way of contributing to the “what” a tailor’s shop is all about by the; texture and repeat patterns, fabric.

The Conclusion is about relaxing the seriousness of years gone by and playing with a different style colour and design. I bet the last illustration will encourage many grandparents to share their wealth of knowledge to a younger generation.

About artist and illustrator

I'm a textile artist, resourceful and excited about making things. Dog walks with my pooch "Charlie" is inspiring and an opportunity to develop ideas from nature and people whom we meet on our strolls. There is a story behind my art making, it's in the series, I don't make just one but many from the same idea, but! not one will look like the other, each piece of art is "one-of-a-kind".
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2 Responses to Mr. Frank – Children’s Book Review

  1. What an enchanting story. I would love this story about the tailor. Unusual to read a story about an adult, but I think it’s an important story. I love those pastel illustrations.

  2. Hi Patricia, Good observation, most stories for children are about children. Mr. Frank represents a growing population and their story needs to be told, like “Remembrance Day”. Thank you for sharing.

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