Published by Candlewick
Summary: Frank is enjoying a solitary camping trip, working on his writing, when Bean pulls up in his RV and starts tooting his trumpet, banging his drum, and singing. Frank is annoyed, but Bean is so unrelentingly upbeat that the hot dog starts to unwind a bit. He enjoys one of Bean’s jelly-filled donut holes, and even secretly writes a poem about it. When Bean discovers this, he makes up a tune to go with it, and the two new friends decide to form a band: The Chili Dogs. 48 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: A friendship story in the spirit of Frog and Toad, with Frank playing the straight man to Bean’s jokester. Although the text is perfect for new readers, the chapters will make them feel like they’re reading a “real” book.
Cons: Although this is billed as book 1, I don’t see a sequel available yet.