Baby Frank wants a pet, and the only way he can get one is by robbing a bank.
Frank loves animals, but his parents refuse to get him a pet—they are too expensive to keep. While doing errands with his mom, Frank realizes the only way to get money to buy and care for a pet is to rob a bank. So he crawls past the guards and lasers at the bank and stuffs his black-and-white–striped onesie suit with bills and coins. He purchases a pet meerkat online and hides her in his room—but that’s just the start. Soon his animal shopping gets out of control, and Frank is caught hiding a rhino. His family has to pay back the bank, so they open a zoo in their home and backyard and charge admission. In the end, Frank understands stealing is wrong, and he spends his time at the zoo leading tours and cleaning up poop. The story is silly and imaginative. Written in rhyme, this book has great rhythm and flow, making it an excellent read-aloud. Although there is punishment for Frank’s actions, the story leaves plenty of room to have conversations about stealing, consequences, and keeping wild animals as pets. Collins’ somewhat-retro mixed-media illustrations add life to the story, maximizing the silliness of a bald, white baby not yet able to walk who is also a criminal mastermind.
Overall, a bubbly and imaginatively illustrated read-aloud. (Picture book. 3-6)