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A Crankenstein Valentine
     

A Crankenstein Valentine

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by Samantha Berger, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
 

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CRANKENSTEIN!

He's BAAAAACK!

See what happens to an ordinary kid on the most lovey-dovey, yuckiest day of the year-Valentine's Day!

Cheesy cards, allergy-inducing bouquets, and heart-shaped everything? It's enough to turn anyone into a monster!

YECHHHH!

But Crankenstein might just find a way to turn his sour day sweet... because even the crankiest

Overview

CRANKENSTEIN!

He's BAAAAACK!

See what happens to an ordinary kid on the most lovey-dovey, yuckiest day of the year-Valentine's Day!

Cheesy cards, allergy-inducing bouquets, and heart-shaped everything? It's enough to turn anyone into a monster!

YECHHHH!

But Crankenstein might just find a way to turn his sour day sweet... because even the crankiest monsters have hearts!

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Crankenstein:
"Expect many re-read requests from Crankensteins who may (or may not) recognize themselves."—Publishers Weekly

"Will the creature ever turn from "MEHHRRRR!" to merry? Youngsters will roar along with Crankenstein through this silly and sympathetic story of grumpy-grouchies."—School Library Journal

"Whoa. Be prepared for the intense frustrations, the moody outbursts and the green scowls of Crankenstein...Each setting reveals sly comic elements that both kids and their grown-ups will appreciate. Readers will laugh out loud...Get ready to read this aloud a lot." —Kirkus Reviews

"Sometimes-when you have to go to school, when you have to take cough syrup-all there is to say is "MEHHRRRR!"... This is a No, David! for slightly older kids..."—The Horn Book

"The text of this book is simple but effective: Crankenstein, who is green and none too pretty, but distinctly boy-like, never says a proper English word, but responds to all cheerful questions with loud monster-speak noises. Berger...has a well-honed sense of comic timing that little kids find hilarious, and 'Crankenstein,' with its many exclamation marks, growls and grumbles should unleash the actor in any adult kind enough to read it aloud.

To convey Crankenstein's crabby mood, Santat uses a lot of sickly brown and green. But just when the reader has had about enough of that putrid palette, Crankenstein meets another monster, and like two negative numbers, they come together to make something positive. As temperaments brighten, so too do Santat's scenes, which are suddenly sunny. For the sake of Crankenstein's poor parents, let's hope the weather holds!"

New York Times Online

"Caldecott winner Dan Santat's illustrations are hilarious, expressive, slightly gross, and absolutely delightful."
Charlotte Parent

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Valentine’s Day is not a holiday on Crankenstein’s favorite list. The day does not start out well when his mother gives him a gift of underpants decorated in tiny, red hearts. Crankenstein responses with a resounding, “Yechhh!” to the big kiss, heart-shaped sandwich, and chocolate-covered coconut. Despite all the Valentine fun surrounding him at school, Crankenstein, with his grimace and crabby disposition, seems unreachable and cold. In addition, he is unhappy about his part as cupid in the Valentine’s Day school pageant, which may be the root of his problem. However, there is a turn of events providing a glimmer of hope that Crankenstein can transform. The illustrations feature Crankenstein’s moodiness and sour attitude that is colored in a dark mossy-shade of green. The illustrations offer some foreshadowing of the plot. In addition, the front end pages express Crankenstein’s Valentine sentiments on the candy hearts and on the back end pages, readers will notice contrasting thoughts on the candy hearts. Some children may sympathize with Crankenstein’s feelings and empathize with his situation. Those readers who enjoyed this story may want to read the earlier book, Crankenstein. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung; Ages 3 to 7.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316376389
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
12/16/2014
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
109,557
Product dimensions:
12.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Samantha Berger is a former editor at Scholastic Books and VP of Animation Extra Content at Nickelodeon. She has written over seventy books, including Martha Doesn't Share, Martha Doesn't Say Sorry, and Crankenstein. She lives in New York with her dog, Polly Pocket.

Dan Santat is the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Because I'm Your Dad and the author/illustrator of Sidekicks and the winner of the Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators for Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) by Mac Barnett. Dan is also the illustrator of Beekle and Crankenstein. He lives in Los Angeles.

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A Crankenstein Valentine 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We have snack time with storytelling in my sons school every Friday.  I came in to read this story and all the kids loved it!  Perfect for the month of February.  Samantha Berger has done it again!!!