Synopses & Reviews
"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!
"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)
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.)
Frankenstein is back... and this time he wants dessert
Frankenstein is back . . . and this time he wants dessert
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.
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.
You may already know of Superman, Spiderman, and the Hulk, but you certainly don't know the heroes in this collection of humorous poems about a group of oddball B-list superheroes looking for work, from Marilyn Singer, author of Tallulah's Tutu and Mirror, Mirror.
From Blunder Woman and Muffy the Vampire Sprayer to Stuporman and The Bulk, meet the members of the Superheroes Employment Agencyand#8212;lovable misfits with oddball powers who make up for their lack of fame with an eagerness to please and a can-do attitude. These humorous, kid-friendly poems are sure to entertain while introducing readers to poetry in a fun, lighthearted, and accessible way. Told in Marilyn Singerand#8217;s witty verse and Noah Z. Jonesand#8217;s hilarious illustrations, their story will make you laugh and cheer on these champions in their quests for heroic jobs.
About the Author
Being a monsterand#160;isn't all frightening villagers and sucking blood.and#160;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 Draculaand#8217;s hygiene issues. What could be scarier?
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; 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.
A Junior Library Guild Selection * "Readers will relish every gross and hilarious entry in this monstrous menu of misadventures. . . . Hereand#8217;s a read-aloud candidate sure to elicit loud screamsand#8212;but not of fright." and#8212;Kirkus Reviews,starred review * "The book is fresh, creative, and funny, with just enough gory detail to cause a few gasps. Kids will eat it up."and#8212;School Library Journal,starred review "With irreverent entries such as and#8216;Count Dracula Doesn't Know Heand#8217;s Been Walking Around All Night With Spinach in His Teeth,and#8217; this mash of monster poems will send kids howling (with laughter)."and#8212;Family FunADAM REX is the author and illustrator manyand#160;picture books and novels for children, includingand#160;PSSST!, Tree Ring Circus, andFrankenstain Takes the Cake. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Visit his websiteand#160;at www.adamrex.com.