Picture Book - 2013
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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: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316126564
Branch Call Number: E FIC BERG
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 32 cm
Additional Contributors: Santat, Dan - Illustrator


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Jan 09, 2016

not many words, good pictures.

arob2008 Jun 19, 2014

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

ChristchurchLib 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.

Picture books newsletter October 2013

forbesrachel Oct 07, 2013

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.

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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cmlibrary_jrobinson Mar 17, 2016

cmlibrary_jrobinson thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 13


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