From School Library Journal
Grade 3–6—Rex returns with a sophisticated and stylish sequel to his sidesplitting Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich
(Harcourt, 2006). From a stream of consciousness that seems to have retained and remixed an assemblage of horror movies, literature classes, comic strips, and observations of the human condition, the narrative flows despite multiple mediums and frequent interruptions. Children who have seen the 1935 Bride of Frankenstein
will get the most out of the framing story, told initially in sequential panels and featuring the conically coiffed mate-to-be in a lively exchange with her mother over marrying someone with green skin and the looming wedding expenses coming just hours after the girl's funeral. Interspersed with the marital plot are blog posts from the Headless Horseman (exhibiting photographs of his decomposing head and the sensible canned substitute) and glimpses into Edgar Allan Poe's study, rendered in shadowy charcoals. These scenes are hilarious for students in the know. Rex channels the tortured poet's meter, internal rhyme scheme, and alliteration throughout his parody during which Poe struggles for the right choice in a crossword puzzle involving the wife of a "veep": "But what the devil is a veep?" he weeps, as lo, the clock strikes four. Quoth the raven, 'Tipper Gore.'" Godzilla haikus, a Peanuts-inspired Dracula Junior, endpapers that give the raven the last word-there's something here for the kid in everyone. This gifted artist, whose clever wordplay reveals a wonderfully warped sense of comedy, has whipped up another winner.—Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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Dynamic and dreadfully funny, this companion to Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich (2006) continues to follow the exploits of Frankenstein (the monster, not the doctor) and a ragtag cast of monsters in loosely connected scenes, all illustrated in diverse styles and written in a variety of forms, most of them rhyming. Frank’s betrothal bookends the magazine-like segments, beginning with a chapter in comics format in which he visits his fiancée’s parents, followed by another chapter, at the book’s end, with a more traditional picture-book format presentation of Dracula’s unfortunate encounter with garlic bread at the wedding reception. In between, the headless horseman updates his blog, and there are recurring vignettes of Edgar Allan Poe’s creative process, to which the raven quoth: “What a bore.” Not just for Halloween, nor just for the young, this offers everyone something to laugh about, from jokes about the Sphinx using the expansive desert as a litter box to alien e-mail spam (that would be “E.T.-Mail,” of course) promising “bigger . . . antennae.” The quick pacing and dynamic design will appeal to all attention spans, and so next the raven should quoth: “We want more!”