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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: AD670L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; 1 edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152057668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152057664
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.4 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #945,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Adam Rex's artwork is not to be missed! The children I read this to enjoyed it thoroughly, and now that it's available for checking out, it's out of the library more than it's in. Kids get a kick out of all the monster meals and the rhyming text makes it a quick and lively read aloud.
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The artwork is pretty cool too. It's a collection of several stories, not only about frankenstein, but also the Phantom Of The Opera, The Creature from The Black Lagoon, and Dracula (with spinach on his tooth.
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We have become big Adam Rex fans. Both my young children giggle aloud, read this book over and over to each other and randomly sing the Phantom song.

Highly recommend for children and adults who love silliness (and in 1 case - scatological humor).
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Do you have a sense of humor?

Do you want to read about monsters?

Do you want an earworm that includes some of the most annoying songs currently on the planet?

Run — don't walk — to your library or bookstore and pick up the ever-delightful Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich.

Now, this isn't a book for ordinary folks. No, you need to have nerves of steel. You will meet the most fearsome monsters on its pages: Phantom of the Opera, werewolves, vampires, mummies, the Hunchback of Notre Dame... diabolical creatures, one and all.

Only...

In the hands of Adam Rex, we see them as they truly are. Rex asks important questions: what does the Phantom hear in his head? What does the Hunchback take to work for lunch? What makes Frankenstein go into the village?

That prompts a perfectly reasonable question of our own, readers: why would a presumably sane man create such a haunting book.

Are you still here? Are you not quivering behind your chair in fear? Are you not racing off to pick up this book?

If not: what in heaven's name is wrong with you? I ordered my personal copy within minutes of finishing the first book. I shall raid the change jar once it's filled again to purchase the sequel, Frankenstein Takes the Cake (unless someone purchases it for me, hint hint).

I enjoyed this book immensely and was inspired to try my hand at horror writing. More on that endeavor as it develops. In the meantime, read this and weep — with laughter.
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