Editor’s Note: I wrote this some time ago, but since I’ve been so serious lately, it seemed like a good time to resurrect it.
Kristina and I both like Franklin, the sweet little turtle who has many adventures, and helps kids understand their world even as he entertains them, that rarest of feats. The delightful picture books have sold more than 50 million copies, and have been translated into 38 languages. A popular animated television series, and a several television specials have been created, capitalizing on Franklin’s popularity, and taking the lovable turtle in new directions.
The series was written by Canadian Paulette Bourgeois and illustrated by Brenda Clark. They really are terrific books. Among the many titles in the series are Franklin in the Dark, Franklin is Bossy, and Franklin and the Toothfairy, all published by KidsCan Press.
We own several books in the series, and we read them repeatedly to the two children we babysit and have for sleepovers — that is, before they graduated to chapter books.
Alas, we’ve heard that Bourgeois isn’t going to write any more Franklin books, and that got me thinking about some problems Franklin might have faced as he grew older, and entered those embarrassing middle school, junior high, and high school years that we all remember so, so fondly.
So, I’ve jotted down a few titles for Franklin in his awkward teenage years. Please feel free to suggest any Franklin titles you’d like to see.
I am surely going to hell for this. But in my defence, Kristina and I have saved five Nova Scotia turtles from certain doom over the last few years, stopping traffic at great risk to ourselves to let them cross the road in slow, ponderous safety.
Hopefully, the karma will balance.
Franklin Paints His Toes (and Likes It!)
Franklin Misses a Ground Ball and It Hurts His Penis
Franklin Finds his Dad’s Special Magazines
Franklin Comes Out of His Shell
Franklin and Bear Have a Special Sleepover
Franklin Tries on Beaver’s Apron (and Likes It!)
Franklin Throws a Hissy Fit
Franklin Has a Wet Dream
Franklin Tries Ballet
Franklin’s Special Secret
Franklin Drinks a Two-Four With Bear and Goose
Franklin’s First Hangover
Franklin Is Playing Hockey & Gets Hit in the Penis Again (& It Really, Really Hurts)
Franklin Discovers Girls
Franklin Wants a Harley Hog
Franklin Learns About the Birds and the Bees and the Turtles
Franklin “Borrows” Bear’s Chocolate Bar
Franklin Loses his Virginity
Franklin Falls Off His Bike and — Holy Shit —He Hurts His Penis AGAIN
Franklin Says a Four-Letter Word
Franklin and Bear Try Reefer
Franklin Experiments with Mushrooms
Franklin Gets a Kewl Tattoo
Franklin Buys Eyeshadow and Lipstick
Franklin Catches his Parents In Flagrante Delicto
Franklin Discovers TurtlesUnshelled.Com
Franklin Gets a HOT Turtlesitter
Franklin Copes with an Embarrassing Woody