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Crankenstein
Contributor(s): Berger, Samantha, Santat, Dan (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 031612656X     ISBN-13: 9780316126564
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
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Binding Type: School And Library - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: August 2013
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Annotation: 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.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Behavior; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
- Juvenile Fiction | Monsters
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2012029480
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 12.50" H x 9.50" W x 0.50" (1.15 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 161425
Reading Level: 1.7   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
 
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Contributor Bio(s): Samantha Berger has worked at Scholastic and Nickelodeon. She has written over seventy books, including Crankenstein and A Crankenstein Valentine.

Dan Santat is the Caldecott Medal-winning and New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, Are We There Yet?, and After the Fall as well as the illustrator of many other picture books, including Crankenstein by Samantha Berger. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and various pets.


Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring)
Sometimes when you have to do things you don't want to, all you can say is "MEHHRRRR!" The life of the little guy depicted here seems to be one unfortunate event after another, and he responds accordingly. This is a No, David! for slightly older kids, with intense but comical close-ups of a child's enraged face, turned Frankenstein-green for that Halloween touch.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Fall)
The popular picture book is abridged for an oversize board-book edition, and, really, what's the point? Both text and pictures have been cut, leaving a choppy story that misses both its actual and putative audience.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2013 #5)
Sometimes -- when you have to go to school, when you have to take cough syrup -- all there is to say is "MEHHRRRR!" The life of the little guy depicted here seems to be one unfortunate event after another, and he responds accordingly, if repetitively. This is a No, David! for slightly older kids, with intense but comical close-ups of a toddler's enraged face, turned Frankenstein-green for that festive Halloween touch. The ending is a sop to parents, as the boy meets a friend and his rage (and green skin) turns peaceable -- but never fear, the monster still lurks within, bwah-ha-HAH. roger sutton Copyright 2013 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 May #3)

Berger's (Martha Doesn't Share) sardonic riff on bad moods involves an unnamed narrator (Crankenstein's parent, clearly) describing scenarios that turn an average boy into a drooling green monster. Berger's writing is sharp and funny to begin with, and Santat's (The Three Ninja Pigs) polished, klieg-lit spreads bring the energy over the top. "Have you seen Crankenstein?" the narrator starts innocently, as someone under the covers ignores the morning sun. "Oh, you would totally know if you had," the narrator continues, as the quilt gets yanked away and the boy desperately shields himself against the light. "You would say, ‘Good morning!! How are you?' Crankenstein would say, ‘Mehhrrrr!' " School mornings drive Crankenstein to his knees; icy Halloweens leave him shivering in his robot costume; melting popsicles and long lines drive him wild. Santat's faux-airbrush style excels in capturing the beating rays of the sun and the eerie blue of the television screen. Not until Crankenstein meets a kindred spirit does his mood improve. Expect many re-read requests from Crankensteins who may (or may not) recognize themselves. Ages 3–6. Author's agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. Illustrator's agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (Aug.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 July)

K-Gr 2—The bedroom looks like it belongs to an average boy: scattered checkers, model trucks, and a baseball on the floor; tiny action figures near the alarm clock on the night table; and a monster-face lamp grinning its terrible grin… well, okay, maybe the lamp is a tip-off. When the blanketed figure on the bed is roused by a hearty, "Good morning!!" his startled face is green and goggle-eyed, and his only comment is, "MEHHRRRR!" Crankenstein's eyes bulge dangerously yellow over a stack of pancakes when the syrup bottle is empty. His green and awful face is reflected in a pool of water on a rainy day, and it leers disgustedly when approached by a dripping, garish red spoonful of Dr. Giggles cough syrup. It seems as though everything turns a boy into a Crankenstein. Will the creature ever turn from "MEHHRRRR!" to merry? Youngsters will roar along with Crankenstein through this silly and sympathetic story of grumpy-grouchies. Santat's striking digital illustrations, generous in size, have hilarious details that will inspire repeated readings.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY

[Page 55]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
 
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