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Pepper and Frannie

Pepper and Frannie

Author/Illustrator: Catherine Lazar Odell

Age Range: 4-8

Reviewer: Jeanette Perkins aka Beeba

Pepper and Frannie are an odd couple. Pepper is organized, follows the rules and never takes risks. Frannie is a free . spirit looking for the next adventure. Everything changes one weekend when Pepper gives Frannie a ride to a giant skateboarding festival – Wheels in the Woods. This charming, energetic story shows the power of friendship through the teamwork of a lovably mismatched pair.

Confident Frannie convinces cautious Pepper to give skateboarding a try, but Pepper’s attempts are not all smooth sailing. Luckily, she has a supportive and enthusiastic friend to cheer her on and help her realize her potential. This story is a relatable look at the ups and downs of trying something new, with an encouraging message about the importance of persevering.

Sweet, lively illustrations complement this empowering tale about learning to fall and to get back up again.


Catherine Lazar OdellAbout the author:

Catherine Lazar Odell is a freelance illustrator and debut picture book author. She studied Industrial Design at Syracuse University and played cello in a touring band before returning to drawing. In her free time, she enjoys riding through the woods on her skateboard. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where she sells art at local street fairs.



Jeanette Perkins and grandsonsAbout the reviewer:

Jeanette Perkins is the grandmother of two adorable grandsons. She lives in beautiful St Pete Beach, FL. Jeanette is a book and product reviewer for GRAND and is looking forward to reviewing lots of new and useful books and products for all us grandparents.

If you have a product for boomer grandparents and or their grandkids, tell us all about it in an email to editor@grandmagazine.com.

Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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