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Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich Hardcover – September 1, 2006


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Starred Review. Grade 2-5–This hilarious collection of illustrated poems describes the lives of well-known monsters. Theres Frankenstein, who tries to borrow food from townsfolk, but is instead pelted with garbage: Its true, at first/he thought the worst:/His neighbors were so rude!/But then he found/that on the ground/theyd made a mound of food. The accompanying illustration shows the pickle-green brute happily eyeing a towering sandwich made from discarded edibles. In several comical appearances, the Phantom of the Opera bemoans the fact that he can no longer compose arias because he cant get catchy tunes out of his head (Its a small world after all./Angry cursing fills the hall./Now hes crawling up the wall./Its a small, small world). He eventually considers an alternate career. The Creature from the Black Lagoon ignores his mothers advice, swims too soon after eating, and sinks; Count Dracula walks around with spinach in his teeth because no one dares tell him about it. Told with smooth, unstrained rhymes, each selection captures its subjects voice. Rex uses an impressive variety of techniques and media in the artwork while paying homage to famed illustrators. From shiny black-and-white graphics in Zombie Zombie, to a Richard Scarry-esque interpretation of the Yeti, to pen-and-ink sketches of Dr. Jekyll, each creature claims its own style. The book is fresh, creative, and funny, with just enough gory detail to cause a few gasps. Kids will eat it up.–Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI
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*  "The book is fresh, creative, and funny, with just enough gory detail to cause a few gasps.  Kids will eat it up." --School Library Journal (September 2006) (starred review)
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* (starred review)  "Readers will relish every gross and hilarious entry in this monstruous menu of misadventures... Here''s a read-aloud candidate sure to clicit loud screams--but not of fright." --Kirkus (August 1, 2006)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Library Binding edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780152057664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152057664
  • ASIN: 0152057668
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 10 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Adam Rex grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, the middle of three children. He now lives in Tucson with his physicist wife Marie.
His picture book FRANKENSTEIN MAKES A SANDWICH, a collection of stories about monsters and their problems, was a New York Times Bestseller. 2007 saw the release of his first novel, THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY.
Garlic and crosses are useless against Adam. Sunlight has been shown to be at least moderately effective. A silver bullet does the trick. Pretty much any bullet, really.

Customer Reviews

This is a very entertaining and funny book.
James N Simpson
Frankenstein makes a sandwich is just one of many monster stories in Rex's book, all of which rhyme wonderfully and includes great artwork.
cenexgirl
Whether you are an adult or a child, a poetry lover, or just a monster lover you will love this book!
Andy J. Smith

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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Okay. So here was my dilemma. I was supposed to review a children's book of poetry and I had several choices in front of me. I could review the inner city take on "Casey At the Bat". I could do the meaningful one about a Caribbean country. I could do the one about various epitaphs to people of different professions (I am not making this up). Or I could do the goofy monster one. And the ball fell in the goofy monster's court by a loooong shot. You hold "Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich" in your hands, and you may not be sure whether or not to trust it. Should I give this to a child? Will they actually enjoy it? Then you read the tiny byline under the title. "And other stories you're sure to like, because they're all about monsters, and some of them are also about food. You like food, don't you? Well, all right then". Any picture book of poetry that says, "Well, all right then", on its cover has won my irony-laden little heart. It's just a nice plus that the poems inside just happen to be funny, beautifully illustrated, and interesting in all sorts of different ways.

Monsters. It's hard not to love `em. Especially classic movie monsters. Now what we have here are all the monsters you could think of put in a variety of humorous and peculiar situations. There's "Count Dracula: Doesn't Know He's Been Walking Around All Night With Spinach In His Teeth". Or howzabout, "The Mummy: Won't Go To His Eternal Rest Without a Story and Some Cookies"? They're all here, illustrated in a vast variety of ways by the ultra-talented Adam Rex. Each poem is a scintillating series of new ideas involving all sorts of critters. Hidden in the pictures as well are limericks from the fictional, "Michelle & VonFuzz Limerical Guide To Monsters". Kids will lap up the goofy pictures and creatures.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Liz on September 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I simply MUST put in a plug for this fabulous book! As a mom and an illustrator, I was drawn to the amazing art, and I thought perhaps the kids would like it, too. Oh, MAN! It delivered on all points: Amazing art, perfect rhyme (SO hard to find rhyme that really works in a book; it's spot on), and YES- the kids love it and keep going back to read it over and over. I think they do view it as a bit of a fun challenge- there are lots of details and subtleties in the art and text. And I did have to sing "The Girl from Ipanema" to them, because they've never heard it. Overall-YES! Make more books like this, Adam Rex!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Alethea Kontis on August 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich is my favorite book of the year. I just can't say enough good things about it. Adam Rex is one of those disgustingly intelligent and talented people who GETS it, who throws personality in the face of convention...and food in the faces of classic monsters.

I laugh myself silly every time I pick up Frankenstein. Nothing is sacred. Adam covers everything from the Phantom of the Opera's musical taste (curse that song!) to Dracula's fondness for iron-rich vegetables (oh, the expression on his face!) to the hazards of automobile ownership in a monster-plagued Tokyo (ewwww!).

It's brilliant. It's habit-forming. It's a book you're going to have to buy two of--one for your kids, and one for yourself. Be sure to read every page, cover to cover (including the covers).

Go ahead. Try not to laugh. I dare you.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andy J. Smith on November 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Fun, smart poems about monsters for Halloween or anytime! Whether you are an adult or a child, a poetry lover, or just a monster lover you will love this book! Adam Rex's mastery with word and picture are as evident as his love of 50's horror movies! There are many individual poems but the book is well balanced as a whole with several reoccuring characters and similarly themed poems. A fun way to introduce reading to a child, and not at all scary (for better or for worse!)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By emcee on August 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
hysterical book!! i found myself laughing through the whole book as i tried to read it to my boys and sing the songs. rex's painting are amazing and his sense of humor...well you'll just have to buy it. he is definitely up and coming-if he hasn't already left us in the dirt! think john schieska meets norman rockwell.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Noel Willoughby on August 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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And be sure to by an extra for your kids! I don't have children and I will be buying several copies for other adults who don't have kids. This book is BRILLIANT and BEAUTIFUL and FUNNY! You can read it OVER and OVER again and I can't get over the AWESOME illustrations. This man is a Genius and I will now have to own every thing he comes out with.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James N Simpson on May 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This long titled book is a collection of Adam Rex's short rhyming tales about the classic monsters. Hard core fan critics of particular monsters may well point out that Frankenstein was actually the scientist who created the monster but obviously referring to the creature as Frankenstein's Monster would make the rhyming hard and increase the already lengthy title of this book as well so I don't think we should be too picky. Adam Rex has also drawn spectacular colour illustrations on every page which are full of detail. You'll even find miniature rhyming verses and picture references to other monsters within such as The Invisible Man on a milk carton with the words Have You Seen Me? being carried by the Hunchback of Notre Dame in the rhyme about that character.

Horror's classic characters who have tales inside include Griffin from H.G. Well's story The Invisible Man. Frankenstein's monster from Mary Shelley's classic tale. The Creature of the Black Lagoon, Phantom of the Opera (he must have been the author's favourite as he has a few stories within), Witches, Wolfman (well his best friend's letter to him anyway), Count Dracula, The Mummy, Yeti, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dr Jekyll, Zombies, Bigfoot, Godzilla and the most terrifying monster of all - the Dentist!

This is a very entertaining and funny book. The illustrations mean it will appeal to children as well as adults.

There's a sequel to this as well Frankenstein Takes the Cake.
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