By David Mackintosh
For decades, Americans have embraced the concept of the nuclear family as a point of honor.Â Extended family households dropped from about 25 percent of the population to just 12 percent in 1980.Â Â However, job losses, foreclosures and the reality of an aging population have shifted that dynamic so that we are returning to multigenerational families of at least two adult generations according to a study by the Pew Research Center.
David Mackintosh explores that new dynamic in a humorous childrenâ€™s book about what itâ€™s like growing up with Grandpa Frank, a man without any interesting hobbies, or ability to speak a foreign language.Â Oh, what to do, when the only available person in your household is boring and you need to bring him to school for show-and-tell.Â As the day draws near and the young narrator of the story continues to list item after item that Grandpa Frank canâ€™t do, he despairs heâ€™ll never find something to talk about for a full minute.
But Grandpa Frank has a trick or two up his sleeve.
The Frank Show is a touching story about finding value in an older generation.Â You donâ€™t need a kid to enjoy the book, but find one and youâ€™ll be all the richer for it.