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Way Out West Lives a Coyote Named Frank

Book Review:

Way Out West Lives a Coyote Named Frank, written and illustrated by Jillian Lund, is set in a Southwestern desert. Frank and his other coyote friends Larry and Melanie create havoc with the reptiles and other smaller animals in the desert. This short, lively story takes the reader on an adventure with them as they chase, bother, and dig up the smaller animals' houses. The reader is invited to join with Frank in his daily activities where he learns lessons like staying away from dangerous animals.

The large illustrations show "cool" Frank in his sunglasses along with his friends in colorful handkerchiefs. Every page is bright and shows the beautiful features of the Southwest. Each page also has a picture of Frank doing what he likes in the desert, and ending with him howling at the moon in a beautiful Southwest night scene.

I recommend this book for children in kindergarten through second grade. The large font makes reading easy for new readers. It is also an educational book because readers will learn the names of the different animals in the desert.


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