Frank and the Bad Surprise (Hardcover)

Frank and the Bad Surprise By Martha Brockenbrough, Jon Lau (Illustrator) Cover Image

Frank and the Bad Surprise (Hardcover)

By Martha Brockenbrough, Jon Lau (Illustrator)



Frank the cat has it good: Tons of toys, unlimited Whiskies™ and space and quiet to stretch and nap and think and write.

Then his people bring home a box. A box with something unexpected inside. A puppy.

A puppy who doesn’t know the rules of naps. A puppy who slobbers and tackles and barks.

This won’t do.

Frank will just have to find a better home. Should be easy, right?


“Highly relatable.”
Horn Book

“A series opener that will delight cat AND dog fans.”

“Cute and hilarious.”
Jon Lau tells whimsical stories that are inspired by nature, animals, and our interactions with them. He is based in Los Angeles.

Martha Brockenbrough is the author of This Old Dog. She likes both dogs and cats. Follow her on Twitter at @mbrockenbrough and
Product Details ISBN: 9781646140886
ISBN-10: 1646140885
Publisher: Levine Querido
Publication Date: April 5th, 2022
Pages: 64
Language: English
Series: Frank and the Puppy
“Brockenbrough’s wry prose perfectly captures Frank’s feline perspective, and in several of Lau’s paintings, you’ll swear you can almost hear Frank purring. But the best part is the way Brockenbrough engineers a moving reconciliation between the two former enemies, neatly sidestepping schlock and sentiment and going straight for understated emotional truth. It’s positively the cat’s pajamas.” — BookPage

“Cute and hilarious” — Booklist

“Lots of white space, repeated vocabulary, and humorous spot and full-page illustrations create a welcoming reading environment for youngsters. The fact that Frank’s humans are a mixed-race gay couple only boosts this book’s value.” — Booklist

“Brockenbrough’s appealing early chapter book features simple, declarative sentences with lots of repetition and cat-centered humor. Lau’s digitally manipulated, painted illustrations showing a slobbery corgi, an expressive cat, and two brown-skinned humans convey both Frank’s moods and the gentle humor.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A series opener that will delight cat AND dog fans.” —Kirkus Reviews