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“…there's enough humor here to elicit at least a few guffaws from even the most literary averse.” ―BCCB

“[A] highly amusing new series starter…” ―Booklist

“…the idea of a hybrid Willy Wonka/Frankenstein character is original and hilarious.” ―School Library Journal

“Comfy antics for readers who don't probably much like reading.” ―Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Obert Skye is the author of the bestselling children's fantasy adventure series Leven Thump. He lives in Idaho.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
  • Series: The creature from my closet (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1 edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805092684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805092684
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ronald T. Roseborough VINE VOICE on October 23, 2011
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Robert Burnside is a twelve year old with a problem. No, besides the funny name, or his goofy younger brother, or his older sister, or his parents. That's just the normal stuff. He also has a funny little creature that came out of his closet. True, it almost popped out of the overstuffed closet where Robert throws everything. The problem is Robert doesn't know what it is or what to do with it. It looks like something Dr. Frankenstein might have made in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. Worst of all, it won't go back into the closet and it seems to keep getting Robert in trouble. The book is easy to read with lots of cool illustrations to help with the laughs. The book was provided for review by Macmillan Children's Publishing Group.
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Rob Burnside, underachiever, thinks nothing good will ever happen in his life. Until a weird little creature turns up and changes everything. Rob does things he's never done before, like standing up to people and crawling into creepy old houses. Obert Skye brings a funny, inventive story with loads of laughs and simple-yet-neat drawings. All I can say is, congrats, Obert Skye!
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My son loves this series, and has read all of the books several times. He appreciates the references to the other stories in the book (he has read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), but the stories have plenty of humor even if your child is not familiar with some of the literature mentioned. While it is not a graphic novel, there are illustrations throughout the story. I think it would appeal to kids who like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, graphic novel enthusiasts, reluctant readers, and just boys in general. He even convinced his 11 year old sister to read it, and she enjoyed it, too.
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Rob is a twelve-year-old boy who hates reading. His parents always give him books, but they usually end up in his giant pile of stuff he crams into his closet. One day, Rob's closet starts making weird sounds and out pops a creature Rob nicknames "Wonkenstein", half Willy Wonka, half Frankenstein. Rob isn't about to tell anyone about "Wonk" so the blame for all of his mishaps is pointed at Rob. Will Rob just be misunderstood for the rest of his life? Or will he be forever changed?
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There are a few books in this series. My son had one of them, so I got him the rest for his birthday. He has never been a fan of reading so I was excited that he found something he could not put down!
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This book is such an awesome read. It is aimed at children, but I'm a college student and enjoyed it quite a lot. The characters are original and very hilarious. It's out of Obert Skye's normal genre, and I must say it was a good move on his part. The Leven Thumps Series and the Pillage series, are wonderful novels ... but this is a new direction and I loved every moment of it. I say it's a must buy.
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Poor Rob has lots of problems. He has family problems and school problems like normal 12 year old, but he has one problem that is a little strange! He has a crazy creature in his closet! The novel chronicles the adventures Rob has while trying to keeps Wonkenstein under wraps! The book is filled with whimsical illustrations that add a lot to the story! This is the first in series, book two is on the way!
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Bought this for my daughter, she loved it. She read it in one day, couldn't put it down. She would laugh out loud while reading it as well. She was very entertained. Would recommend it for others. My daughter is 8, reads anything from Dear Dumb Diary to Harry Potter and she enjoyed this book.
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