“‘Frankie Liked to Sing’ are the truest words ever written about my dad”
– Tina Sinatra
Words by John Seven u Pictures by Jana Christy
One hundred years after his birth, Frank Sinatra’s legacy lives on as one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century. FRANKIE LIKED TO SING (Abrams Books for Young Readers; October 2015 $16.95) is the only picture book of its kind, celebrating the man who charmed the world with his blue eyes and extraordinary voice.
Tracing Sinatra's colorful Italian upbringing in Hoboken—from his early work in the shipyard to sailing across the river to try to make it big in New York City, FRANKIE LIKED TO SING emphasizes Sinatra’s admirable determination to stay true to himself. Growing up as a boy who is bullied for loving to perform, Sinatra eventually dances on-screen with his hero, Bing Crosby, and becomes one of the most loved artists in the world. His steadfast tenacity to succeed when it does not seem possible makes Sinatra an unlikely hero for children who need encouragement to follow their dreams.
With spirited text and illustrations from husband-and-wife, author-and-illustrator team, John Seven and Jana Christy, FRANKIE LIKED TO SING is the perfect way for grandparents and parents alike to pass on their love for Ol’ Blue Eyes to a younger generation. Perfectly timed to celebrate Sinatra’s one hundredth birthday this December, it contains a detailed author’s note that will help teachers introduce this biography to their classrooms and curriculum.
John Seven and Jana Christy are also the creators of A Year with Friends. They live in North Adams, Massachusetts, with their children. “That’s Life” is their favorite Frank Sinatra song.
Praise for Frankie Liked to Sing
“Clearly a labor of love, Frankie Liked to Sing is a sweet introduction to the man behind the voice.” – Booklist
A remarkably successful lens into the life and career of one of the 20th century’s formidable musical talents”—Kirkus Reviews