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Frankenstein Takes the Cakeby Adam Rex
Frankenstein Takes the Cake is a fantastically weird collage of re-imagined horror tales: Frankenstein is about to marry the undead woman of his dreams, but his future mother-in-law won't stop hassling him; Edgar Allen Poe works on a crossword puzzle when he knows he should be writing; and aliens finally make contact with earth... but only to send us spam. Rex's humor appeals to both parents and kids, and all readers will be impressed by his use of unusual forms of storytelling, like angry blog posts from the Headless Horseman and a special advertising section featuring the water diet for witches — watch the pounds melt away!
Synopses & Reviews
No one ever said it was easy being a monster. Take Frankenstein, for instance: He just wants to marry his undead bride in peace, but his best man, Dracula, is freaking out about the garlic bread. Then there's the Headless Horseman, who wishes everyone would stop drooling over his delicious pumpkin head. And can someone please tell Edgar Allan Poe to get the door already before the raven completely loses it? Sheesh.
In a wickedly funny follow-up to the bestselling Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, Adam Rex once again proves that monsters are just like you and me. (Well, sort of.)
"With maniacal glee, Rex (Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich) delivers spot-on rhymes about B-movie monsters, loosely organized around the nuptials of Frankenstein and his bride. An oil painting of the wedding cake is as creamy as a Wayne Thiebaud confection, and an author bio in haiku silences quibblers: 'He knows Frankenstein's/ the doctor, not the monster/ Enough already.' In a digital comics sequence, Frankenstein's mother-in-law frets over her daughter's resurrection and engagement ('I'm an open-minded person.... but I never thought my little girl would marry someone green. There, I said it'); later, the Bride questions her betrothed but decides, 'I'm not getting any less dead.' Rex's ideal audience may be pop-culture buffs: he spoofs Peanuts with a vampiric Charlie Brown; plans the Frankensteins' reception menu around monsters' food allergies (no garlic for Dracula); sets up the Headless Horseman's photo blog on the tribulations of having a pumpkin head; and creates a running gag about 'The Raven,' where a sarcastic bird mocks Edgar Allan Poe. Rex's eclectic imagery and freewheeling verse will have readers going back for seconds. Ages 5 — 10. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
Frankenstein is back... and this time he wants dessert
Frankenstein is back . . . and this time he wants dessert
Frankenstein is back . . . and wants dessert in this monstrously funny sequel to the monstrously popular FRANKENSTEIN MAKES A SANDWICH. Now in paperback just in time for Halloween.
"This gifted artist, whose clever wordplay reveals a wonderfully warped sense of comedy, has whipped up another winner."
--School Library Journal
Jam-packed with sight gags, sly jokes, ghoulish cartoons, and spoofing, Frankenstein Takes the Cake is a great way to celebrate Halloween and "trick" kids into reading poetry. Dubbed a "fiendishly funny picture book" by Family Fun magazine, this follow-up to the bestselling Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, finds Frankenstein about to marry his undead bride. But first, he has to meet his future in-laws, and stop his best man, Dracula, from freaking out about the garlic bread. No one ever said it was easy being a monster!
Being a monster isn't all frightening villagers and sucking blood. Monsters have their trials, too. Poor Frankenstein's cupboard is bare, Wolfman is in need of some household help, and it's best not to get started on Draculas hygiene issues. What could be scarier?
Nineteen hilarious poems delve into the secret lives of the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Bigfoot, Godzilla, and others. In a range of styles that pay homage to everyone from Charles Schulz to John James Audubon, the monstrously talented Adam Rex uncovers horrific--and clever--truths you won't want to miss.
About the Author
Adam Rex is the author and illustrator of Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, a New York Times Book Review bestseller, and Pssst!, a Book Sense Autumn 2007 Top Ten Children's Pick and an Amazon.com Top 10 Editors' Pick. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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