Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance

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Frank was a monster who wanted to dance. So he put on his hat, and his shoes made in France... and opened a jar and put ants in his pants! So begins this monstrously funny, deliciously disgusting, horrifyingly hilarious story of a monster who follows his dream. Keith Graves' wacky illustrations and laugh-out-loud text will tickle the funny bone and leave readers clamoring for an encore.

Frank the monster indulges his love of dancing by strutting his stuff on stage ...

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Frank was a monster who wanted to dance. So he put on his hat, and his shoes made in France... and opened a jar and put ants in his pants! So begins this monstrously funny, deliciously disgusting, horrifyingly hilarious story of a monster who follows his dream. Keith Graves' wacky illustrations and laugh-out-loud text will tickle the funny bone and leave readers clamoring for an encore.

Frank the monster indulges his love of dancing by strutting his stuff on stage until his head unzips, his brains flop out, and he continues to lose body parts.

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Parents Guide to Childrens Media
Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance has been awarded for outstanding achievement in children's books 1999. The Parent's Guide to Children's Media is a non-profit corporation for the enhancement of the quality of children's media. They are located at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA.
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K-Gr 2-This is the story of a Frankenstein-type monster whose only desire is to dance. The garish creature, whose eyes bulge alarmingly, is shown in the first spread watching Soul Train. With dreams of the spotlight, he crashes the theater, where the audience has gathered to see the Royal Ballet. Instead, they see the leering Frank in a vaudeville sort of dance, complete with top hat and cane. The audience raves until the creature begins to come undone: his head unzips and his brain tumbles out. The act ends with the monster losing an eye, an arm, and his head as the crowd stampedes for the door. Readers may be startled by the dance's ending-should they feel sorry for Frank or run screaming like the audience? The verse is stilted at times and children probably won't get the joke when Frank is said to have "danced like his shoe size, instead of his age." The text jitters around the page just like a dancer. Words are emphasized with a variety of fonts, colors, shapes, and sizes. Some letters turn into eyeballs and worms to tie into the plot. The acrylic illustrations are slightly gross-Frank's brain flops out of his skull dripping flies and worms, and his eyeball rolls out the door. The book is a little too gory to be hilarious, and not enough attention is given to the monster's personality to bring him to life.-Susan Marie Pitard, Weezie Library for Children, Nantucket Atheneum, MA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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When Frank (as in Frankenstein) goes dancing, his lively movements make him fall to pieces, whereupon his previously appreciative audience runs screaming from the theater. A humorous rhyming text immediately engages readers: "Frank was a monster who wanted to dance./ 'I know I could boogie if they gave me a chance.'/ So he put on his hat and his shoes made in France/ and opened a jar and put on his pants." In acrylic and colored pencil, Graves' cartoon-like illustrations, stylistically reminiscent of Lane Smith, extend the text with such details as Frank's mouse slippers (complete with teeth), a bottle of "Le Smell," and a box of "Le Shooz." Graves' palette (purple-grape, electric blue, and lime-green with cherry-red highlights) makes the details pop without overwhelming the eye. Young listeners will respond to the comedy, the catchy rhythm, and especially the yuck factor induced by Frank's dancy disintegration.

Newcomer Graves pays generic, goofy homage to Frankenstein and to 1960s-era hot-rod art. He goes heavy on the purple, electric blue and Astroturf green in his polished, nearly 3D compositions of acrylic and colored pencil. Even the hand-lettered text, with its occasional incorporation of worms, bulging eyes, etc., contributes to the expansion of the punchline, which will likely hit primary graders' funny bones.

In rhyme and gloriously putrid color, we follow Frank the monster as he achieves his dream: "I know I could boogie if they gave me a chance," he muses, sitting at home in his pants, and proceeds to the theater. The audience loves him, but his head, which looks like an acid-green baseball with a zipper, comes undone, spilling out his purplely brain. The grossed-out audience departs as Frank loses an arm and an eyeball. Just the ticket for a collection that might be leaning too much toward the sweet and proper. This is a close cousin to Boogi Bones, written by Elizabeth Loredo and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811854528
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 8/17/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 329,838
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Graves is the pen name of an alien disguised as a large parakeet. He was last spotted in Texas with his lovely three-eyed wife and twin Martians. This is his second book for earthlings.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2004

    engaging!!

    I work with special needs preschoolers and they loved this book!!! The rhyming and humor were perfect for them--they still remember parts of the book from the last time we read it which was in October!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Should I Get it?

    All of the reviews makes it sound bloody humourous. Should I get it?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Bad Sound

    Do not order sound is to low!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2008

    So Funny!

    I have shared this book with all my preschool classes, and it is an instant hit. The rhyme is short and sweet, which encourages extra drama.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2002

    Fantastic

    My husband and I bought this wonderfully funny book for our kids, ages 2 and 4, while on vacation. It has turned out to be their favorite book and my two year old has memorized it word for word.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2002

    HILARIOUS! Laugh with your kids!

    I bought this book for a dance class where we had to act out a children's story. I laughed so hard the first 10 times I read it. I read it to my little brother and sister, and I swear I've never heard them laugh so hard! Great story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2002

    Great Book

    I borrowed this book from the library and read it to my 5 year old son and his friend. They absolutely loved it! It's very silly and the kids laughed so much. We then read it in his kindergarten class and it was a big hit. I got a kick out of watching how much they enjoyed acting like Frank the Monster. We all liked the book so much, that I have purchased it for our library at home.

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