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Title:
Frankenstein makes a sandwich : and other stories you're sure to like, because they're all about monsters, and some of them are also about food...
Author:
Rex, Adam.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Orlando [Fla.] : Harcourt, [2006]

©2006
Physical Description:
40 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary:
Stories in verse about the monster-sized problems Dracula, Wolfman, Bigfoot and other monsters have.
Language:
English
Contents:
Frankenstein makes a sandwich -- The Creature from the Black Lagoon doesn't wait an hour before swimming -- The Phantom of the Opera can't get "It's a small world" out of his head -- The Middlewich Witch-Watchers Club, a club sandwich which watches witches -- An open letter from Wolfman's best friend -- The Invisible Man gets a haircut -- The Phantom of the Opera still can't get "It's a small world" out of his head -- Count Dracula doesn't know he's been walking around all night with spinach in his teeth -- The Mummy won't go to his eternal rest without a story and some cookies -- The Yeti doesn't appreciate being called Bigfoot -- If the Phantom of the Opera can't get "Pop goes the weasel" out of his head, he's going to freak out -- The Lunchsack of Notre Dame -- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Henderson's five alarm chili -- Zombie, Zombie -- Now the Phantom of the Opera can't get "The girl from Ipanema" out of his head -- The Dentist -- The Phanotm of the Opera is considering giving up music and doing his haunting somewhere else -- Bigfoot can't believe you called him Yeti just now -- Godzilla pooped on my Honda.
Reading Level:
Ages 5 to 10.

AD 670 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.0 0.5 107241.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.8 2 Quiz: 39266 Guided reading level: O.
ISBN:
9780152057664
Format :
Book

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Being a monsternbsp;isn't all frightening villagers and sucking blood.nbsp;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 Dracula's hygiene issues. What could be scarier?
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 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.


Author Notes

Adam Rex received a BFA from the University of Arizona. His first picture book, The Dirty Cowboy by Amy Timberlake, was published in 2003. His works include Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, The True Meaning of Smekday, and Fat Vampire.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Lovers of silly pop-culture allusions will get a kick out of these monster spoofs. The title poem sets the parodic tone. Frankenstein's monster, pursued by torch-bearing villagers, feels sad to be despised: "They threw tomatoes,/ pigs, potatoes,/ loaves of moldy bread./ And then a thought struck Frankenstein/ as pickles struck his head." Instead of pitying himself, he thanks the mob and makes a Dagwood sandwich. In subsequent pages, Rex (Tree Ring Circus) in a mocking spirit akin to Sendak et al.'s Mommy? parodies wolfmen and vampires. A recurring joke features an aggravated Phantom of the Opera who cannot compose music except to the tunes of "Pop Goes the Weasel" and other standards ("It's a small world after all./ Angry cursing fills the hall./ Now he's crawling up the wall./ It's a small, small world"); a goofy Dracula tale follows the bouncy meter of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. Rex demonstrates a dizzying yet fitting variety of artistic styles, layouts and lettering. For instance, he styles a Jekyll and Hyde tale as a 19th-century illustrated newspaper, a photo collage imitates a Japanese monster flick, and a perfectly realized Richard Scarry bunny gazes sweetly at a yeti in a sendup of a Little Golden Book ("The Yeti Doesn't Appreciate Being Called Bigfoot"). Rex gives readers the pleasure of discovering punch lines on their own, and his droll, ultra-detailed paintings show he takes comedy seriously. Ages 5-10. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-This hilarious collection of illustrated poems describes the lives of well-known monsters. There's Frankenstein, who tries to borrow food from townsfolk, but is instead pelted with garbage: "It's true, at first/he thought the worst:/His neighbors were so rude!/But then he found/that on the ground/they'd made a mound of food." The accompanying illustration shows the pickle-green brute happily eyeing a towering sandwich made from discarded edibles. In several comical appearances, the Phantom of the Opera bemoans the fact that he can no longer compose arias because he can't get catchy tunes out of his head ("It's a small world after all./Angry cursing fills the hall./Now he's crawling up the wall./It's a small, small world"). He eventually considers an alternate career. The Creature from the Black Lagoon ignores his mother's advice, swims too soon after eating, and sinks; Count Dracula walks around with spinach in his teeth because no one dares tell him about it. Told with smooth, unstrained rhymes, each selection captures its subject's voice. Rex uses an impressive variety of techniques and media in the artwork while paying homage to famed illustrators. From shiny black-and-white graphics in "Zombie Zombie," to a Richard Scarry-esque interpretation of the Yeti, to pen-and-ink sketches of Dr. Jekyll, each creature claims its own style. The book is fresh, creative, and funny, with just enough gory detail to cause a few gasps. Kids will eat it up.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.