This monstrously funny Valentine's Day story about the world's crankiest kid, illustrated by a Caldecott Medal-winning artist, is now available as a board book!
Who is Crankenstein? He may look like an ordinary boy, but he can turn into mumbling, grumbling CRANKENSTEIN with no warning! Now he's going to take on the most lovey-dovey day of the year: Valentine's Day. How will Crankenstein survive a day of cheesy cards, allergy-inducing bouquets, and heart-shaped everything? It's enough to turn anyone into a monster! With sturdy pages, rounded corners, and a padded cover, this board book is sure to delight even the youngest readers.
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Samantha Berger has worked at Scholastic and Nickelodeon. She has written over seventy books, including Crankenstein.
Dan Santat is the New York Times-bestselling and Caldecott Medal-winning author/illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle, and the upcoming Are We There Yet?, among many other books.
Praise for Crankenstein:"Expect many re-read requests from Crankensteins who may (or may not) recognize themselves."―Publishers Weekly
"Will the creature ever turn from "MEHHRRRR!" to merry? Youngsters will roar along with Crankenstein through this silly and sympathetic story of grumpy-grouchies."―School Library Journal
"Whoa. Be prepared for the intense frustrations, the moody outbursts and the green scowls of Crankenstein...Each setting reveals sly comic elements that both kids and their grown-ups will appreciate. Readers will laugh out loud...Get ready to read this aloud a lot." ―Kirkus Reviews
"Sometimes-when you have to go to school, when you have to take cough syrup-all there is to say is "MEHHRRRR!"... This is a No, David! for slightly older kids..."―The Horn Book
"The text of this book is simple but effective: Crankenstein, who is green and none too pretty, but distinctly boy-like, never says a proper English word, but responds to all cheerful questions with loud monster-speak noises. Berger...has a well-honed sense of comic timing that little kids find hilarious, and 'Crankenstein,' with its many exclamation marks, growls and grumbles should unleash the actor in any adult kind enough to read it aloud.
To convey Crankenstein's crabby mood, Santat uses a lot of sickly brown and green. But just when the reader has had about enough of that putrid palette, Crankenstein meets another monster, and like two negative numbers, they come together to make something positive. As temperaments brighten, so too do Santat's scenes, which are suddenly sunny. For the sake of Crankenstein's poor parents, let's hope the weather holds!"
―New York Times Online
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