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Title:
Porkenstein
Author:
Lasky, Kathryn.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Blue Sky Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
Lonely after his two brothers are eaten by the Big Bad Wolf, Dr. Smart Pig invents a wolf-proof friend to keep him company on Halloween.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 280 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.8 0.5 64181.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.7 2 Quiz: 30876 Guided reading level: K.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780590623803
Format :
Book

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Summary

Newbery writer Kathryn Lasky presents a wildly funny Frankenstein / Halloween tale in the vein of Dav Pilkey's bestseller THE HALLO-WIENER, with hilarious illustrations by new artist David Jarvis.

Dr. Smart Pig is a famous inventor, but he doesn't have any friends. His brothers were eaten by the Big Bad Wolf, and now he's all alone. Halloween is coming up, and he doesn't have anyone to go trick-or-treating with. Suddenly, Dr. Pig has an idea. He can INVENT a friend--a pig who is bigger and better and absolutely wolf-proof! But things don't turn out quite as expected, and soon Dr. Pig realizes he's created a monster--an enormous porker who hogs the show but ultimately proves that true friendship comes in all shapes, sizes, and appetites. Who ate the Big Bad Wolf? PORKENSTEIN, that's who!


Author Notes

Kathryn Lasky was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 24, 1944, and knew she wanted to be a writer from the time she was ten. She majored in English in college and after graduation wrote for various magazines and taught. Her first book, I Have Four Names for My Grandfather, was published while she was teaching.

She has written more than seventy books for children and young adults on everything from historical fiction to picture books and nonfiction books including the Dear America books and the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. Many of her books are illustrated with photographs by her husband, Christopher Knight. She has received many awards for her titles including Sugaring Time which was a Newberry Honor Book; The Night Journey which won the National Jewish Book Award for Children; Pageant which was an ALA Notable Children's book; and Beyond the Burning Time which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She has also received the Washington Post's Children's Book Guild Award for her contribution to children's nonfiction. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS^-Gr. 2. The Big Bad Wolf meets his match at last (or once again) when Dr. Smart Pig, still grieving for his two sibs, decides to grow a friend in his lab for Halloween. After a few false starts he creates a humongous porker with an appetite for everything from jelly doughnuts to stray pieces of furniture. Drawn by a report on the nightly news, the wolf shows up, drooling, at the door--but one "huge gulp and a rumbling belch" later, it's all over for the wolf. Jarvis fills spreads with massive, rubbery-looking figures, generally viewed from low or skewed angles, and ultimately sends the porcine compatriots, in rather minimal costumes, out to trick-or-treat beneath a smiling, snouted moon. Like the prodigious protagonist of Tim Egan's Experiments of Dr. Vermin [BKL S 1 02], here is a lab-grown ham who will draw both guffaws and applause aplenty. --John Peters


Publisher's Weekly Review

The famous inventor Dr. Smart Pig, a lonesome survivor of the Big Bad Wolf, wants an inedible porcine companion with whom to spend Halloween. After mistakenly producing a pig-headed fish and curly-tailed bat, he creates a gigantic, voracious pink hog. When the Wolf comes trick-or-treating in an old-lady costume, Porkenstein answers the door. After a Little Red Riding Hood-style exchange, "suddenly there was a scuffling sound-followed by a huge gulp and a rumbling belch. Then silence." Lasky's (Lunch Bunnies) satire is not as sharp as Tim Egan's in The Experiments of Dr. Vermin (reviewed below), but Jarvis, in his children's debut, lards his exaggerated compositions with witty visual jokes. Ages 3-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-Dr. Smart Pig has been lonely since his brothers were eaten by the Big Bad Wolf so he decides to go to his laboratory and invent a friend in time for Halloween. He mixes some chemicals in a beaker, but his first attempt results in a pig with a fish body. His second attempt results in a pig with batlike wings. He tries again, this time hooking the beaker up to his Electro-Pig-o-Meter and throwing in an extra teaspoon of sugar. A few hours later, he discovers that he has created a giant pig that rapidly and rudely consumes every bit of food in the house, including the garbage and the garbage can. "It did not take long for stories about Porkenstein to spread." When the Big Bad Wolf shows up on Halloween dressed as a little old lady, the monster pig devours him. In gratefulness, Dr. Pig tells Porkenstein that he'll never have a better friend, and the two set off trick-or-treating together. The illustrations with their big, rounded shapes evoke a sense of fun and action, but the characters and plot are not developed into believable fantasy.-Adele Greenlee, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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