Right from the start, Matt knew there'd be trouble, when his new stepfather dropped the ring at the wedding ceremony. Frank wasn't at all like Matt's Dad had been. But Frank made his Mom happy, and that should count for something.
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Except that Mom wanted Matt and Frank to get to know one another. And she was determined they should play in the father-son softball game together. And that, Matt knew, was a terrible idea. What would his friends think when they saw Frank trying to play ball?
When Matt begins to realize what his friends do think about Frank, Matt's surprised. And Matt himself learns that in his own way, Frank might not be so bad after all.
"Bowdish's.....first-person narrative conveys Matt's strong emotions with an immediacy that grabs readers from the first paragraph. The youngster's acceptance of Frank may come too easily, but it fits with the fast pace and smooth flow of the story. While the undemanding text, broken by Sims's appealing illustrations, will attract transitional readers, older children who are experiencing these life changes will find some comfort in sharing Matt's struggle to accept a new family member."
Maggie McEwen, Coffin Elementary School, Brunswick, ME
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"The story is light and funny, sending a message about all human relationships. Blanche Sims' frequent full-page illustrations enhance the humor."
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