Dracula and Frankenstein Are Friends

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Dracula and Frankenstein are friends. They have good times together, but when Dracula decides to have a Halloween party on the same day as Frankenstein's, their friendship is put to the test. Clever Dracula must decide if popularity is worth the price of his most important friendship, with mild-mannered Frankenstein.

These two classic characters have been re-created in this funny and revealing picture book, just right for the youngest of ...

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Overview

Dracula and Frankenstein are friends. They have good times together, but when Dracula decides to have a Halloween party on the same day as Frankenstein's, their friendship is put to the test. Clever Dracula must decide if popularity is worth the price of his most important friendship, with mild-mannered Frankenstein.

These two classic characters have been re-created in this funny and revealing picture book, just right for the youngest of monsters!

Dracula and Frankenstein are friends until they both decide to have a Halloween party and Dracula misplaces Frankenstein's invitations.

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Publishers Weekly
Dracula and Frankenstein reside "in two side-by-side houses, in a town where all of the houses are spooky." Tegen, a children's book editor who has previously published pseudonymously, depicts Frankenstein as a sweet, shy fellow and Dracula as calculating but contrite. Over lunch at their favorite hangout, where Drac sips a glass of red (labeled by blood type), Frankenstein plans a Halloween bash. Not to be outdone, Drac throws a party, too-and "somehow" Frankenstein's outbound invitations disappear from his mailbox (a pair of pictures shows Dracula in his cape, eyeing the envelopes awaiting pickup, and then Dracula as a bat, flying away with the envelopes in his clutches). Cushman (Inspector Hopper) creates lively watercolors in a benign style, throwing in clever visual details like Drac's "Velcome" mat to keep readers on their toes. Ages 3-8. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Best friends, Frankenstein and Dracula, discuss the possibility of having a Halloween party. Even though it was Frankenstein's idea, Dracula states he wants to have his own party. Dracula can be very mean and sneaky and he steals the invitations Frankenstein was going to send. Frankenstein works very hard on decorations and coming up with prizes for best costumes so that his party would be a great success. When Halloween night arrives, everyone shows up at Dracula's house ready for music, games and dancing and no one goes to Frankenstein's place. Oh, what a fun time everyone was having! During the party, Dracula sneaks out and looks through Frankenstein's window where he sees his friend sitting by himself waiting for his friends to arrive. Even mean spirited people can have a soft spot in their hearts, so Dracula moves the party and fun to Frankenstein's house. If you like happy endings, then this book hits the mark. The cartoon illustrations add much to this delightful story and contain many humorous details such as happy worms in a plate of spaghetti and sagging red socks on Frankenstein. 2003, HarperCollins Publishers, Josephs
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PreS-Gr 2-When shy Frankenstein decides to have a Halloween party, tricky Dracula jumps on the idea and declares he'll have one as well. In a particularly mean moment, he steals all of Frankenstein's invitations, and on the day of the party, his house is full of costumed monsters while Frankenstein sits alone among his carved and lighted pumpkins. When Dracula glimpses his friend waiting patiently for guests who will never arrive, he has an abrupt change of heart and takes the party next door. Cushman's buoyant, colorful cartoons are full of funny details like Dracula's bat pj's and a mummy's pyramid house. For libraries looking for additional light reading with a hint of spookiness, the story of these unusual friends will find a ready audience.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060001155
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/5/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine Tegen has been writing stories since she was ten years old. She has always loved celebrating holidays and anything to do with magic. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Story of the Easter Bunny, illustrated by Sally Anne Lambert and praised by School Library Journal: "This visually splendid story with folktale rhythms makes a good choice for holiday sharing." She lives in New York City.

Doug Cushman is the creator of many favorite mystery stories for young readers featuring such memorable heroes as the intrepid Aunt Eater, the grasshopper gumshoe Inspector Hopper, and the ace reporter Dirk Bones. He has also illustrated many books written by other authors, including Jack Prelutsky's What a Day It Was at School! He lives in Paris, France.

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