Saturday, December 20, 2008

Review: Frankie the Walk 'n Roll Dog

Author: Barbara Gail Techel
Illustrator: Victoria Kay Lieffring
Rating: 5/5
Grade: A - All ages

(Thank you to Barbara Techel for sending me a copy of this delightful book for review.)

Frankie, The Walk 'n Roll Dog is the true story a miniature dachshund who has an accident and is unable to use or feel her back legs. This is the inspiring story of her and her owners' courageous battle to overcome this challenge, and lead a normal, happy life.

The book is written in first person by Frankie. She tells the story of her life in delightful, descriptive language: from first meeting and going home with her 'mom'; to trips to the farmers market in the basket of mom's bicycle; through her recovery and fitting in a dog wheel-chair. Even though sad and scary things happen in the book and emotions are expressed, the overall feel of the book is one of hope and healing and fun.

The illustrations are bright and colorful. The textured cartoonish look takes up the whole page, and makes you feel that you are right there with Frankie and her family.

My seven and nine year old daughters read this book as soon as we got it in the mail. I have to admit that I had to intervene, because they were fighting over who got to read it first. They both very much enjoyed the book, as did my two year old and four year old. I think children of all ages, and adults also, will enjoy and feel inspired by reading Frankie's story.

More information about Frankie and the author Barbara Gail Techel:

National Best Book 2008 Awarded by USA Book News!
Nominated by Dog Writer's of America for Merial Human-Animal Bond Award!
Frankie nominated for Wisconsin Pet Hall of Fame!
Watch Frankie's Inspirational Video here,
See Frankie's TV appearances & listen to radio interviews!
Follow Barbara on


Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog December 20, 2008 at 11:33 AM  

Thank you, Lisa for this wonderful review! We are so delighted you and your children found it to be such a good read.
Merry Christmas & Warmest Blessings!
Barbara & Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog

Kailana December 20, 2008 at 7:48 PM  

Howdy! You have a Christmas Spirit Award waiting for you at my blog...

The Book Chook December 20, 2008 at 8:18 PM  

Nice review, Lisa. I'll be looking out for this book.

Anonymous,  December 22, 2008 at 12:21 PM  

My grandchildren loved this book...a terrific true story for children and dog lovers...
Robert McCarty

Shooting Stars Mag December 22, 2008 at 5:48 PM  

Aw, this sounds adorable! I love picture books and this is such an original idea.


Ania December 28, 2008 at 12:43 PM  

Awww! What a great idea for a children's book!

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