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Mr. Frank

Written by Irene Luxbacher

  • 32 Pages
  • 9781554984350
  • 9.75" x 7.875"
  • from grade K to grade 3
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Family / New Baby



Publication Date September 01, 2014

On his last day before retirement, Mr. Frank is sewing the most wonderful outfit of his long career. Who could it be for?

In all his years working as a tailor, Mr. Frank has made all kinds of clothes. From the practical uniforms of the 1940s to the wild and weird designs of the 1960s and 1970s, he has seen (and sewn) just about everything. But today’s project is especially close to Mr. Frank’s heart.

With its use of textiles and sensitive period detail, Irene Luxbacher’s artwork is the perfect complement to her understated text. The result is a story that children and grandparents can share with equal delight.

Selected for the USBBY Outstanding International Book 2015

Selected for the Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices 2015


Irene Luxbacher
Irene Luxbacher is an artist and author living in Toronto, Canada. With more than fifteen years’ experience as an illustrator, Irene has received numerous awards for her children’s instructional and picture books. Some of her awards include the 2003 National Parenting Publications Gold Award, the 2004 Disney Book Award and the 2007 Ontario Library Association Award. In 2009/10 Irene made the USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, both for her illustrations in Andrew Larsen’s The Imaginary Garden.


Star Review

"Outstanding mixed-media collages and a thoughtful text create a distinctive book that rises far above most tributes to grandparental love. . . . a perfect book." Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

"Beautifully written and filled with visual details of days gone by, this small treasure is waiting to be shared again and again with a young grandchild…or with any young child." School Library Journal

"Luxbacher is pure genius, weaving in a half century-plus of fashion history into a glowing celebration of family." BookDragon

"A cozy read-aloud, particularly for grandparents and their grandchildren." Booklist

"Luxbacher’s gentle story, dedicated to her father “Frank the Tailor,” brims with nostalgia and affection." CM Magazine

"This quiet story is a wonderful homage to grandparents everywhere who delight in pleasing their grandchildren." Library Media Connection