Synopses & Reviews
This laugh-out-loud funny and devilish send-up of Ludwig Bemelmans's Madeline
is for little monsters everywhere.
Frankenstein is the scariest of all the monsters in Miss Devel's castle. He can frighten anything--animals, parents, even rocks. Until one night, Miss Devel wakes up and runs downstairs to find that Frankenstein has lost his head!
"Walton (Baby's First Year!) and Hale (Animal House) beat Goodnight Goon parodist Michael Rex to a 1939 classic: Ludwig Bemelmans's Madeline. Playing on the Americanized rhyme between Madeline and Frankenstein, Walton and Hale style themselves as 'Ludworst Bemonster' and recast the Parisian girls' school as a ghoulish academy: 'In a creepy old castle all covered with spines,/ lived twelve ugly monsters in two crooked lines.... The ugliest one was Franken-stein.' Instead of headmistress Miss Clavel, readers get Miss Devel, a pallid scientist who sleeps on a gurney; instead of appendicitis, Frankenstein suffers from a missing head, and a voodoo doctor attaches a replacement. Frankenstein's classmates including a mini-Dracula, mummy, and swamp thing are so impressed by Franken-stein's new neck screws, they follow his example and lose their heads in the book's inconclusive conclusion. Walton and Hale mime Bemelmans's poetry and lithography, amplifying the grotesque and picturing stone castles in autumnal shades of pumpkin and ash. Fans of the original unsettling in its own right, for its lack of parents and predictable comforts will enjoy spotting the parallels in this creepy-cute Halloween substitute. Ages 4 8. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Ludworst Bemonster is the pen name for author Rick Walton and artist Nathan Hale, who got bored one Halloween and decided that their favorite childrens book would be much, much better if there were monsters in it. They both live in Provo, Utah. Visit them online at www.rickwalton.com and www.spacestationnathan.com.