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The first time I rode a two-wheeler alone, I crashed and my mom filmed it on her iPhone. . . .

The tenth children's book by the #1 New York Times bestselling team of Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell celebrates the extraordinary, everyday bravery of trying new things for the very first time. Whether Frankie's learning to ride a bike, love her first dog, make new friends (her very first twins), or help out her dad, she discovers that trying new things is how she grows--and that being brave enough to do so is what growing up is all about.

Author Notes

Jamie Lee Curtis was born in Los Angeles, California in 1958. She is the child of Hollywood legends Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. She began her film career with such horror films as "Halloween" and "The Fog." In 1983 she starred in "Trading Places" with Eddie Murphy and she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. She became recognized as a comedic actress. In 1994 she won a Golden Globe award for her role in "True Lies."

In 1993 she began writing children's books with her illustrator, Laura Cornell. Two of her New York Times Best Sellers are, My Brave Year of Firsts: Tries, Sighs, and High Fives, in 2012 and This is me: A Story of Who We Are and Where We Came From, in 2016.

She has been married to Christopher Guest since 1984. The couple has two adopted children, Anne Hayden Guest and Thomas Hayden Guest. She resides in California

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

In their tenth collaboration, Curtis and Cornell chronicle young Frankie's year of firsts: the good, the bad, and the challenging. She masters riding (and crashing) a bicycle, adopts a Labrador retriever, learns to tie her shoes, secures a library card, is caught in a lie, suffers the stomach flu, and participates in her first try-athalon. Throughout, she remains positive, concluding, FIRST things FIRST happen when I'm brave, true, and strong. Curtis' rhymed couplets (some a bit forced) emphasize contemporary experiences: The first time I rode a two-wheeler alone, / I crashed and my mom filmed it on her iPhone. / I crashed and I crashed. Dad ran out of steam. / He let go, I went straight. / Mom filmed as she screamed. Cornell's childlike, watercolor-and-line sketches offer many interesting details and an irreverent attitude that is sure to appeal. Although not this team's strongest offering, this will be popular with children becoming increasingly independent and those who enjoyed this duo's It's Hard to Be Five (2004). HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Actress Curtis has been a best-selling force in the kids'-lit stacks for a long time, and book tours for this one (both physical and via satellite) will add more fuel to that fire.--Weisman, Kay Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Curtis and Cornell use the occasion of their 10th collaboration to take readers on a journey through the firsts in the life of a fabulously pigtailed, snaggle-toothed girl named Frankie. Curtis sums it up nicely: "Some firsts just happen./ Some come when I try./ Some firsts make me smile./ Some firsts make me cry." The key to making the most of a first-whether good (first walk around the block without Mom), bad (first minor theft, first lie), or a matter of mastery (learning how to skip rope)-comes down to curiosity, a willingness to learn from both triumphs and mistakes, and a hearty dose of that old-fashioned character trait known as grit. Frankie has it all, and Cornell has a great time capturing it, filling her pages with endearingly goofy kids, wide open opportunities, and a healthy dose of social satire (in Frankie's kindergarten class, the "What I did over the summer" bulletin board admonishes "Do not tell us you went to the beach or to Disneyland"). Even when Curtis's rhyming goes a little flat or verges on saccharine, readers will recognize familiar milestones in Frankie's catalogue of experiences. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-In this10th book by this best-selling team, readers follow wild child Frankie through her first-grade year. Other firsts include crashing on a two-wheeler, cleaning up her new pet's poop, and falling off a pony and are balanced by learning to tie shoes, walking around the block with friends, and helping Dad at his restaurant. "Some FIRSTS just happen,/some come when I try,/some FIRSTS make me smile,/some make me cry." Curtis's encouragement to be "brave, true and strong" is empowering. Cornell's ink-and-watercolor cartoons burst with energy and humor. The first-day-of-school spread is hilarious: frantic parents crowding the door, one child flailing in tantrum, another facing the corner, one in fetal position under a table, and the heroine instantly enamored of a set of buck-toothed twins with flyaway hair. Both author and illustrator capture the joys of saying yes to a busy life.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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