With the arrival of baby Gloria in the house Frances feels that living with her parents is not as much fun as it used to be, so after dinner she packs her bag and runs away to under the dining room table. But when she overhears her parents talking about how much they all miss her, she decides that she should go back home. After all a being a big sister means she has lots of grown up things to do!
Russell Hoban (1925-2011) was an American novelist and children's writer. Born in Philadelphia, he was decorated for service in WWII. Working as a commercial illustrator and advertising copywriter, he achieved recognition for his popular Frances the Badger series from 1959, and in 1968 he published his first full-length book, The Mouse and His Child, widely regarded as a children's classic. In 1973 he published his first adult novel, The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz. Other books followed and in 1980 he published Riddley Walker, the highly-acclaimed award-winning novel for which he was to become most renowned. Further novels followed including Pilgermann (1983) and The Medusa Frequency (1987). From the late 1990s to his death he published a new novel, including Amaryllis Night and Day (2001) and Linger Awhile (2006) almost annually. His last novel, Angelica Lost and Found, was published in 2010, while the much praised young-adult story Soonchild and the young children's book Rosie's Magic Horse were published posthumously, in March and October 2012 respectively.