A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Children steal a painting.
Violence & Scariness
A mention of a little boy crushed by a car.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nude paintings mentioned.
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Products & Purchases
Candy bar, car, toy brands mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarettes are mentioned.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the main characters, children, steal a valuable painting. They return it and there are no real consequences.
Is It Any Good?
FRAMED has much in common with the author's first book, Millions. The story is told by a young boy who is endearingly naive, and who understands less than the reader about what is really going on. His well-meaning but clueless actions change not only his family, but his town.
Normally this might be taken as a criticism, but if it's a formula, it sure is a brilliant one (or as Dylan would say, "it's hectic. Legend, even."). It's that matter-of-fact, daffily sensible, quixotically goodhearted voice that has the reader grinning from start to finish (all right, maybe not from the start -- this story takes a bit too long to get going). Add in a large supporting cast of delightfully eccentric characters, a small town with hidden beauty, the transformational power of art, and a good caper, and you get a most enjoyable book.
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