Francis “Frank” Armstrong Cleary (The Thorn Birds) Frank Armstrong is the favorite older brother of the protagonist, Meggie Cleary, in Colleen McCullough’s 1971 blockbuster, The Thorn Birds. Frank is a rebellious, quick-tempered young man, adored by his mother and scorned by his father – with good reason – it’s not his father. It seems that Mama had a serious love affair with a married man, had Frank out of wedlock, and was married off to Paddy Cleary in disgrace. Now that’s a stacked deck to come up against, and poor Frank makes the most of it. When he discovers his heritage, he runs away, much to the sorrow of his mother and sister, and they later learn that he is in prison for killing a man in a fight. We wish we could come up with a happier ending for him.
Frank Churchill (Emma) Frank Churchill is the utterly charming, handsome, well-bred sometimes suitor of Emma Wedgewood in Jane Austen’s 1815 novel, Emma. He is an accomplished horseman and a perfect gentleman. Well, perhaps he’s also just a teeny bit shallow (he travels all the way to London for his haircuts), but he is so difficult to dislike. When we take a closer look at Frank, we see that he is perhaps something of a cad. He is living off his wealthy aunt and is unwilling to declare his intentions for his true love, Jane, whose social standing is lesser than his. In that vein, he pretends to pay suit to the rich girl, Emma, in order to safeguard his potential inheritance. Now, that’s not nice! However, as in all lovely novels of manners, all comes right in the end and true love prevails. And to be completely fair, he does suffer for his sins, and he does seem to grow as a person over the course of the novel. It just seems to us that he’s so much like Emma that he ought to have been paired with her, but we wouldn’t dare presume on Ms. Austen….
Frank Hardy (The Hardy Boys) Frank Hardy is the older of “The Hardy Boys” in the popular series begun in 1927 by the Stratemeyer Syndicate and written under the collective pseudonym of Franklin W. Dixon. Several television adaptations followed over the years. A classic All-American boy, Frank is described as the “serious one” of the duo. Living in the fictional town of Bayport, Some State, the boys have constant thrilling adventures while chasing criminals, decoding mysteries, assisting their detective father on cases, outsmarting the police, and, in general, leading charmed lives. Money is apparently no object, as their passports will attest, as they travel to such foreign climes as Scotland and Egypt when crime takes a breather in Bayport. There is actually little to differentiate Frank from his brother Joe except that he is a year older, he is darker and he has a different platonic girlfriend. Think Tim Considine or Parker Stevenson, and you get the picture.
Blank Frank - a song by Brian Eno
Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man) - a song by Merle Haggard
Dirty Frank - a song by Pearl Jam
Frank - a song by Blood or Whiskey
Frank - a song by Ween
Frank and Jesse James - a song by Warren Zevon
Frank and Lola - a song by Jimmy Buffett
Frank Mills - a song by the Lemonheads
Frank Sinatra - a song by Cake
Frank to Valentino - a song by Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer
Just Like Frank - a song by Less Than Jake [explicit]
Old Frank - a song by Hank Williams, Jr.
Our Frank - a song by Morrissey
So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright - a song by Simon & Garfunkel
The Frank Sinatra Blues - a song by Kid Gorgeous
Uncle Frank - a song by Drive-By Truckers
Big Frank's Fire Truck (Leslie McGuire) - Illustrated in full color. Ride along with Big Frank and the rest of the crew as they race to the scene of an accident, inspect the local KwikShop, demonstrate fire safety at Niceview Elementary School, and battle a raging brush fire! In between calls, hang out at the firehouse with Big Frank and the gang. It's all in a day's--and night's--work for our firefighting friends. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Counting on Frank (Rod Clement) - A boy and his dog present amusing counting, size comparison, and mathematical facts. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Frank and Beans and the Scary Campout (Kathy-jo Wargin) - Frank and Beans are camping in the backyard. But when the sun goes down, Frank hears all kinds of scary noises. And Beans is so scared he runs right out of the tent! What will Frank do now that he's alone? Recommended for ages 4-8.
Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids: His Life and Ideas (Kathleen Thorne-Thomsen) - With its simple prose, handsome layout and hands-on approach, Thorne-Thomsen's biography/activity book is an unusually effective art book for children. The influences of Frank Lloyd Wright's (1867-1959) Wisconsin childhood--nature, music and close family ties--come to life in the author's sympathetically told anecdotes. The edible graham-cracker-and-icing model of Fallingwater is priceless. Recommended for ages 8-12.
Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance (Keith Graves) - Ghoulish gross-outs abound in this one-joke ditty about a zombie's big break in showbiz. The opening spread pictures Frank at home, relaxing to an episode of Soul Train and accompanied by a patchwork monster-cat. Frank doesn't look like a hoofer. He's comprised of a skull-like green head (zippered around the top), a bulbous blue nose, glowing yellow eyes and skeletal limbs. Nonetheless, he has a dream, and to fulfill it, "He drove to the theater/ and jumped onstage./ Then he danced like his shoe size instead of his age!" During his performance, however, Frank makes a faux pas. His brain, complete with worms and flies, accidentally oozes onto the boards, "And after his arm/ fell out of his sleeve,/ the horrified audience/ started to leave." Recommended for ages 3-7.
Funny Frank (Dick King-Smith) - This cheery twist on the ugly duckling story finds a barnyard chick named Frank longing to be a duck. From the moment he's hatched, Frank spends all his time at the edge of the pond. "Chickens can't swim," his worried mother tells him, but he tries anyway with near-disastrous results. Frank is rescued by the farmer's daughter who, with the help of her veterinarian uncle and dressmaker mother, devises a little wet suit for him out of an old hot-water bottle and makes flippers from rubber gloves. Frank quickly becomes not only a speed demon on the pond, out-swimming his web-footed pals, but also a hero when he saves his mother from a fox. Recommended for ages 7-10.
Way Out West Lives a Coyote Named Frank (Jillian Lund) - Whether he's hanging out with his friends, chasing rabbits, mixing it up with a Gila monster, or pondering the setting sun, Frank is one cool coyote. Recommended for ages 3-7.
Famous People Named Frank - Frank Sinatra (singer); Frank Lloyd Wright (architect); Frank Capra (film director); Frank McCourt (Irish-American writer); Frank Herbert (sci-fi author); Frank Zappa (musician); Frank Chin (author); Frank Lebby Stanton (lyricist); Frank Stella (painter); Frank Edwin Wright III (drummer for Green Day); Frank Nasworthy (surfing/skateboarding); Frank Robinson (baseball player)
Famous People Who Named Their Son Frank - Franklin Pierce (U.S. President)