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Title:
Frankenstein's fright before Christmas
Author:
Bemonster, Ludworst, author, illustrator.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2014.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Summary:
A parody of "The Night before Christmas, " sees Santa visiting the castle of Miss Devel where a very excited Frankenstein and his monster friends live.
General Note:
Parody of the Clement Clark Moore poem 'Twas the night before Christmas.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780312553678
Format :
Book

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Summary

'Twas the night before Christmas and poor Miss Devel
Was hassled and harried and not feeling well...
Off in the distance she heard such a clatter
She sprang from her slab to see what was the matter.
Off down the stairs she flew like a flash,
Threw open the doors just in time for the...
CRASH!"

The little monsters, led once again by Frankenstein, have been busy getting ready for the arrival of Saint Nick, but in this creepy old castle nothing goes quite as expected...

Halloween and Christmas collide in Ludworst Bemonster's unique send-up of "Twas the Night Before Christmas." Little monsters everywhere will be screaming with laughter!


Author Notes

Rick Walton was born 1957, in Provo, Utah. He received his bachelor's degree in Spanish from Brigham Young University in 1980 and his master's degree in 1999. Walton is the author of over sixty books for children. His works include joke books, picture books, a collection of poetry, activity books, mini-mysteries, and educational software. His titles include Once There was a Bullfrog, Why the Banana Split, Bertie was a Watchdog, and A Very Hairy Scary Story.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

This pint-size Frankenstein's monster, last seen in the Madeline spoof Frankenstein: A Monstrous Parody (2012), returns this time to riff on 'Twas the Night before Christmas. Mad scientist Miss Devel is having a devil of a time with her little monsters they currently don't have any heads but her long night gets longer when Santa's sleigh crash-lands through the mansion roof. Out spills Santa's goodies: heads! But wait, the monsters put on the wrong heads oh no! But then they fix them hooray! OK, so the plot is wrapping-paper thin, but it's the Halloween-meets-yuletide specifics that make this a treat, with Walton cleverly updating the famous poem (She sprang from her slab to see what was the matter), and Hale's green-tinged comic art lending a jack-o-lantern goofiness. Dash away, dash away all, and check it out.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Walton and Hale, again collaborating under the pen name Ludworst Bemonster, return with a Christmas companion to their 2012 Frankenstein-meets-Madeline mashup, Frankenstein: A Monstrous Parody. Lumpy-headed little Frankenstein can't wait for Santa's arrival at Miss Devel's decrepit castle; he even drags a Christmas tree-ornamented with bats, snakes, and bones-in from the graveyard. When Santa Claus lands on the roof, it gives way, and he crashes unceremoniously onto the floor. But no matter, he's got gifts: new heads for the tiny monsters, who have been making do with toasters, cacti, fishbowls, and other off-kilter substitutes after literally losing their heads in the opening scene. Despite a muddled sequence of events once the presents are delivered, the book's wicked sense of humor will have mischievous readers cackling-Hale even manages to use the red-and-green Christmas palette to cadaverous effect. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Frankenstein and his little monster friends are taking on Christmas in this follow-up to the Madeline-inspired Frankenstein: A Monstrous Parody (2012). Walton and Hale again combine their talents, taking on the rhyme scheme, rhythm, and plot of "The Night Before Christmas." "The monsters' bad manners had taken their toll./They'd lost their heads! They were out of control!" Miss Devel soon hears a clatter and who should appear at the castle door with a "CRASH" than little Frankenstein bearing a motley-decorated tree. Soon, Saint Nick arrives calling out to his reindeer, "On Whoozit, on Whatzit, and all of you others" and more chaos ensues. The watercolor digital illustrations in greens and red are a perfect match for this monstrously fun Christmas offering.-Diane Olivo-Posner, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.