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Children's Fiction Clothing & Dress

Mr. Frank

illustrated by Irene Luxbacher

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 2014
Clothing & Dress, New Baby, Multigenerational
Recommended Age
4 to 7
Recommended Grade
k to 3
Recommended Reading age
4 to 7
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2014
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Aug 2014
    List Price

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On his last day before retirement, Mr. Frank is sewing the most wonderful outfit of his long career. Who could it be for?

In all his years working as a tailor, Mr. Frank has made all kinds of clothes. From the practical uniforms of the 1940s to the wild and weird designs of the 1960s and 1970s, he has seen (and sewn) just about everything. But today’s project is especially close to Mr. Frank’s heart.

With its use of textiles and sensitive period detail, Irene Luxbacher’s artwork is the perfect complement to her understated text. The result is a story that children and grandparents can share with equal delight.

About the author

IRENE LUXBACHER est à la fois auteure, illustratrice et artiste. Elle a publié de nombreux livres d’activités artistiques et albums jeunesse dont Le jardin imaginaire de grand-papa, d’Andrew Larsen, mis en nomination pour le Prix du Gouverneur général dans la catégorie illustrations. Irene habite à Toronto où elle travaille actuellement à la création de nouveaux tableaux et albums.


IRENE LUXBACHER was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for her illustrations in Andrew Larsen’sThe Imaginary Garden (Le jardin imaginaire de grand-papa). She has illustrated several other picture books, including Mittens to Share (Une mitaine pour deux), The Heart’s Song (Le grand cœur de madame Lili), as well as her own picture books Once I Was a Bear (Lorsque j’étais un ours…) and Mattoo, Let’s Play! (Viens jouer, Matou!). She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband and young son. You can learn more about her work at

Irene Luxbacher's profile page


  • Commended, USBBY Outstanding International Book
  • Commended, Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices

Editorial Reviews

Luxbacher’s gentle story, dedicated to her father “Frank the Tailor,” brims with nostalgia and affection.

CM Magazine

A cozy read-aloud, particularly for grandparents and their grandchildren.


Outstanding mixed-media collages and a thoughtful text create a distinctive book that rises far above most tributes to grandparental love. . . . a perfect book.


Luxbacher is pure genius, weaving in a half century-plus of fashion history into a glowing celebration of family.


Beautifully written and filled with visual details of days gone by, this small treasure is waiting to be shared again and again with a young grandchild…or with any young child.

School Library Journal

This quiet story is a wonderful homage to grandparents everywhere who delight in pleasing their grandchildren.

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