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Frankenstein Takes the Cake Hardcover – September 1, 2008
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But what about the kids? My children love Adam Rex's Tree Ring Circus and even most of Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich (aside from the witches that they find incredibly creepy), but halfway through the first reading of Frankenstein Takes the Cake they were totally done and haven't asked for it since.
I've read it over and over again to put my finger on what the difference is. I have come to the conclusion that they just don't get it. Not Tipper Gore. Not mother's-in-law. Not caterers or blogs. And not the fabulously funny end pages. It is all over their heads. And unlike Looney Tunes, which is also filled with adult humor, this book doesn't appeal to their childishness.
So I guess you just need to ask who your audience is. This could be a great coffee table book, or bathroom book, if you are in to creepy things in creepy months, and love subtlety. But I'd give it a second thought if you plan to hand it to your elementary-aged child or read it to preschoolers. Go for his earlier works instead.
Armchair Interviews says: Age appropriateness is questioned.
Well, it's just about time for The Bride of Frankenstein to get married, and you know what that means? Letting her parents know that she is A) Alive again and B) Marrying a fellow who's green. Meanwhile there are catering questions to take into account (some advice... do NOT offer vampires "steak" or a werewolf silverware). There's a flower girl to freak out (not hard). And there's a buffet line with some delicious and unfortunate (for Dracula) garlic bread on the menu.Read more ›
My favorite story was "Please Stop Staring at My Delicious Head: The Official Blog of the Headless Horseman" because it was
really funny and well illustrated. People and birds crowded around the
headless horseman and craved his pumpkin head for eating.
The headless horseman was annoyed since he wanted people to be afraid of him not desirous of him as a yummy dessert.
I recommend this book for boys and girls, ages 8-14, who love monsters, who aren't too scary.
We are not a family of monster addicts, but this book has real ROTFL humor on every page.
All of the Adam Rex book are like this. They have little puns or funnies all over the place.
My son bought this particular book for his big sister as a wedding gift. She still keeps it on her coffee table!
There is an echo of that on the Edgar Allen Poe pages of this book, but "Takes the Cake" is less all-around joyful. Adam Rex still shows off his amazing range of illustration styles -- he must be the Weird Al Yankovich of author/illustrators. (And I mean that as a compliment. Weird Al is an original talent.)
Anyway, older kids will get a kick out of this book, but DO NOT MISS OUT ON "Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is not a children's book. My 9 year old doesn't get it and it wasn't very well put together. It was such as disappointment as I had purchased to read part of it to her... Read morePublished 10 months ago by carolyn
I show this book to my middle school students all the time! They love it!Published 11 months ago by Jessica Narwold
Brilliant. I love Adam Rex's poetry and artwork. Super fun to read with kids.Published 17 months ago by Jewelie DeLoriea
Great for kids and also entertaining for adults. This book is really funny.Published 20 months ago by Sarah
My classroom adores this book. It's neat for so many different reasons and teachers can chose so many different lessons to use the book for. I just love the pictures. Read morePublished on January 3, 2014 by W. Bowden
I know it's a children's book but it is so funny. The illustration is great and it's jammed with little easter eggs of humor. It's great for both adults and children.Published on November 21, 2013 by Nicole Smith