When Frankie does not receive his knot-tying badge with the other Possum scouts in his troop, he is doomed to remain a Pygmie while the others will become Shrews the next session. He begs his troop leader, otherwise known as his mom, to advance with the others, but she sticks to the rules. He can’t advance until he completes another badge at a troop meeting, a month away.
At least that’s what Frankie thinks until his Dad mentions the Pine Run 3000. The winner would net five points. Racing to the local hobby store, Frankie has his Dad buy a slick little car kit. He won’t listen to his Dad’s advice or accept help in building the car. When he sets up a race at school with the best scout’s car as a practice, Frankie’s car has a horrible crash. Only then does Frankie learn his family’s history with the Pine Run 3000.
After encountering multiple recommendations for the Frankie Pickle books, I settled down to read the newest that my school library had. Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000 was an excellent read. Frankie’s more imaginative thoughts are captured in comic strip format. The short chapters are packed with energy and realistic kid emotions. Frankie wrestles with impatience, envy, and failure. The illustrations and text are well integrated. I wish there was a soundtrack for the hobby store commercial that’s in the middle of the book.