Berger, Samantha

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A boy who looks ordinary transforms into grumbling Crankenstein when faced with a rainy day, a melting popsicle, or bedtime but everything changes when he meets a fellow Crankenstein.

Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown,, 2013
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780316126564
Branch Call Number: J PIC B
Characteristics: 30 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 32 x 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Santat, Dan Illustrator


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Boy not hapy. Boy having bad day. Boy turning into . . . CRANKENSTEIN!!!! This is one of those funny see-yourself-in the story tales. For parents, it explains A LOT.

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Jun 19, 2014
  • arob2008 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

My mom says I'm sometimes like Crankenstein...

Oct 22, 2013

"Have you seen Crankenstein?" You probably have - Crankenstein is pretty easy to spot. He might seem like a normal kid, but when faced with frustrating situations like long lines, melted popsicles, going to school, or (even worse) going to bed, he turns into growling, grouchy, green-skinned Crankenstein. Laughter is the only thing that can cure Crankenstein, and there are certainly plenty of giggles in this "silly and sympathetic" (School Library Journal) tale. Toss in extra-large, exaggerated artwork, and you've got a monstrously fun readaloud.

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Oct 07, 2013
  • forbesrachel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Boldly expressive! Every face exaggerates Crankenstein's annoyance to the max... and there are many things that he does not like: school, long boring lines, and that popsicle that has melted into a sticky mess are just a few of the usual reasons any child gets cranky.

In what is meant to be a mumble, the author created a silly word, "mehhrr", which is repeated at intervals that children will anticipate and gleefully chime in with. To keep this repetition a unique experience, each is illustrated to match the pages theme; the TV one looks digital, while the one on the sunny day burns. Colours too vary with each setting, subtly changing the type of annoyance expressed.

To draw the reader in, the author addresses "you", for parents this aptly reminds them of their own Crankensteins, but in a way that makes them smile rather than cringe. For children reading this, they will take no offence, as the language deftly avoids pointing a finger at any child other than the character Crankenstein. Rather, they will delight in the subject of a child who is always cranky.

This hilarious look at the typical cranky child could not have been better written, or given better illustrations. As for the solution, well parents probably never had it so simple, because in a wonderful turn of events a glimpse is given of the fun child underneath...for now.

Sep 29, 2013
  • blue_cheetah_36560496 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is a cute short story. There is not much to it but the illustrations make it worth picking up. Maybe for kids 5-9?


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