Monday, October 1, 2012

Being Frank Contest

Today is a special day! It's the book birthday for my good friend and wonderful critique partner Donna Earnhardt's funny picture book BEING FRANK. Frank is an honest kid, but alas! Frank has not learned to be tactful. Anyone know a kid like that? I bet a few adults come to mind too! So to celebrate BEING FRANK's birthday, we're going to give away a copy of this hilarious picture book to one commenter. Here's how to enter:

Leave a comment below telling us about a time a kid you knew was a little too frank. You can have extra entries for sharing this contest on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+. Just comment each time you share it with the link. As always, make sure I know how to get in touch with you if your name gets picked. We'll draw one lucky winner at noon EST on Friday, October 5th. This contest is open to U.S. entries only. Good luck!


  1. I remember a moment from my own childhood. I was six. My mother was entertaining a very proper elderly lady, who, knowing that I liked to read, asked me to quote something from a passage I liked. I began Mark Antony's speech over Caesar's body that starts: "Oh, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth..." I don't think the lady guest ever recovered.

    Maureen Wartski

  2. Maureen- That's so awesome. I bet she didn't see that one coming!

  3. I want this book! And it was sold out at the conference, right when I had the perfect opportunity to have it signed by Donna who was sitting right next to me. I love the premise, Donna. Thanks for the contest!

    Kami Kinard

  4. I love this book! My son called my sister, Patty, "Aunt Fatty" when he was about 7. Granted, she was a little on the plump side, but ouch---in your face frankness (and he did get redirected).

  5. When my oldest daughter was around 4, my mom cooked breakfast for us. After we ate, Mom asked, "So what did you think of Annie's famous cheese eggs?" My daughter looked up at her, smiled sweetly, and said, "I've had better." We all laughed--some harder than others. ;)

  6. Thanks for visiting, Kami & Linda! Good luck!

  7. When Abby was around 3, we were in the grocery store. She was sitting in the buggy's front seat happily still sucking on her pacifier. I am seriously studying which brand of mayo to buy(I've since settled on Hellmans)and notice out of the corner of my eye another buggy pulling up. I also glance at Abby and see an all too familiar quizzical look on her face. Immediately I glance at what she is looking at and simultaneously begin to rapidly push the buggy down the isle in somewhat of a panic. You see, an elderly lady with A LOT of wrinkles was right beside us. Abby pops the pacifier out of her mouth and says in a loud voice( she is like her dad-loud)' Mama, why she not dead?" I never look back to see the damage but several years later in my husbands office one of his patients told him to give Abby a message. She said " Tell Abby I'm still not dead!"
    Laura Munn

  8. Laura- That is hilarious! Love it! :D

  9. I'm loving all these examples!

    There have been tons of times that my kids have pointed to someone and said something like, "I can see her BRA!" or "Why does his hair look like that?" or "Yuck! your breath stinks, mom!"

    I just want to crawl in a hole and hide!

  10. Dear Laura,
    Thanks for the interesting post about Donna's "Being Frank" and for offering a giveaway.
    I remember one time a child asked a lady why she had a gobbler neck like a turkey.
    Enjoy your day.
    Joan Y. Edwards (

  11. Oh! These are too funny! Kids sure put the Awww in awkward, don't they?

  12. Cool writing prompt!

    Once when I was teaching, a child asked what the brown spot was on my face. It's a mole. And here I was thinking that she was being an attentive listener.
    Linda Andersen