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Frankenstein Hardcover – Jul 17 2012

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Praise for Frankenstein:

“Walton twists the classic rhymes of the original with glee ('In two crooked lines, they bonked their heads / pulled out their teeth / and wet their beds') while Hale reenacts each scene with devilish mayhem.” —Booklist

“The illustrations have traded sunny yellow for pumpkin orange backgrounds and make comically sly allusions to the original title.” —Kirkus

“Fans of the original...will enjoy spotting the parallels in this creepy-cute Halloween substitute.”  —Publishers Weekly

“Children...will gobble this one up...”  —School Library Journal

“Anyone who loves Ludwig Bemelmans's classic will be howling at the moon over this witty mash-up. It's the latest in a growing crypt of hilariously wicked kids books that includes Michael Rex's Goodnight Goon and Judy Sierra's The House That Drac Built…Striking [the] devilish balance between the original and the transformed version is what makes this book—and all good parodies—so enchanting.” —The Washington Post

“In this parody, Walton and Hale twist and retell Bemelman's classic story Madeline by using Frankenstein as their main character. The illustration on the book's cover may look oddly familiar to Madeline and readers may notice the word play with the author's name, Ludworst Bemonster, which is used as the pen name for the book. Those readers who like a bit of a monster-twist to a familiar story may find this parody hilarious.” —Children’s Literature

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Ludworst Bemonster is the pen name for author Rick Walton and artist Nathan Hale, who got bored one Halloween and decided that their favorite children’s book would be much, much better if there were monsters in it. They both live in Provo, Utah.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Spooky, fun parody Aug. 22 2012
By R. A. Hickey - Published on
Format: Hardcover
My kids loved this clever and ghoulish parody of the children's classic, "Madeline". They laughed most of the way through. It's difficult for me to find things my 7-year-old son will enjoy reading, but this is one book he thoroughly enjoyed!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great book for morbid kids with a sense of humor! Oct. 1 2012
By M. Rogers - Published on
Format: Hardcover
My 6 year old who is very into Halloween, grossness, and scariness loved this book. Great rhyming for read a loud. I'm always on the lookout for new Halloween books and this one is the hit of this year so far. On par with The Halloweiner. Get it!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Frankenstein, A Monstrous Parody by Ludworst Bemonster Oct. 5 2012
By J - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a FUN book! The humor has surprising twists which makes everyone laugh. Adults, as well as the kids, love it!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Delightful Sept. 3 2012
By Redbean - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is a smash hit with our 7 year old daughter and 4 year old son, who are very familiar with the original Madeleine storybook.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Frankenstein lives again! A Halloween classic for all ages and both genders. Oct. 23 2012
By S. Murphy - Published on
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Fiendishly fantastic new Halloween book for boys and girls! I have two daughters (ages 4 and 2) that love Ludwig Bemelmans' "Madeline." Both are able to recognize the parody through Walton's well-crafted text, but it's Hale's lively (deadly?) and fun illustrations that bring the book to life in a way Dr. Frankenstein himself would be proud. They say the devil's in the details, and the use of clever wording like Miss Devel (in lieu of Miss Clavel) is no exception. Look for other hilarious details of the twelve monsters' individual personalities (i.e. the vampire biting the ostrich at the zoo). Whether or not you're familiar with the source material, I'd strongly recommend adding this to your Halloween book collection. In my opinion, it's the best of the many Halloween parodies out there (Goodnight Goon, The Runaway Mummy, etc).