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Frankenfrog
     

Frankenfrog

by Kim Kennedy, Doug Kennedy (Illustrator)
 

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Here's Frankenstein with an amphibian twist. Desperate to destroy the hideous Hyperfly, Dr. Franken creates Frankenfrog, a supercharged amphibian with fly-zapping powers.

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Here's Frankenstein with an amphibian twist. Desperate to destroy the hideous Hyperfly, Dr. Franken creates Frankenfrog, a supercharged amphibian with fly-zapping powers.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With mixed results, the brother-and-sister team behind Mr. Bumble revisit a B-movie staple. This mock-horror story begins in the lab, where Dr. Franken is whipping up a "hyper-sizing tonic, which worked wonders on lollipops." The tonic has other effects, too: It turns an ordinary insect into "a hideous hyperfly--a droolish, ghoulish creature" that quickly starts "multiflying" into scores of buzzing pests. Dr. Franken, with sparse hair standing on end and eyeballs spiraling madly, giddily invents a solution to his bug problem. He creates a giant amphibian known as Frankenfrog, and the stiff-jointed, algae-green zombie lurches to the swamp, zapping flies with his electrified lightning-yellow tongue. Kim Kennedy challenges some Frankenstein conventions. Although Frankenfrog is not accepted among regular frogs, he wins Dr. Franken's loyalty by destroying the hyperfly. Good riddance, too: Doug Kennedy's chaotic illustrations present a scary, hairy villain with a slavering red tongue, scrawny body and multiple eyes. The monster theme, high-octane palette and goofy gags recall Dav Pilkey's work, but this book's grotesque slapstick doesn't succeed so well as Dogzilla's sillier take on monster myths. Ages 4-7. (Aug.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Dr. Franken was famous for many strange discoveries, such as closet-monster detector and the hyper-sizing tonic. One day, when he wasn't paying attention, a fly landed in the tonic and suddenly it became Hyperfly. The fly was captured and locked in the cellar but that didn't stop it from multiplying. What to do? The solution--create a giant frog to get rid of those pesky little flies and Hyperfly. Well things have a way of getting out of hand and even though it all ends well, Dr. Franken has quite a scare along the way.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-K-A goofy scientist accidentally creates a huge fly. In order to get rid of it, he sends his assistants to "Croaking Acres" to bring back a "frightfully large frog." Back in the lab, he hooks it up to various electrical devices and pulls the switch, bringing Frankenfrog to life. After running away to attend a swamp party and scaring everyone away, the frog monster eats a bunch of fireflies for an energy boost and finally electrocutes the gigantic bug. The writing is forced and self-consciously adolescent ("She opened her slobbering snout for a mouthful..."), and the story comes off as strangely unfunny, considering its premise. The cartoon illustrations are filled with bug-eyed characters, drawn in a frenzied yet flat style. Young readers hungry for mad-scientist or monster stories will be disappointed by this effort. For more satisfying silliness, stick with Dav Pilkey's Dogzilla or Kat Kong (both Harcourt, 1993).-Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Sharon Bamburg
A funny read loud book.Dr. Franken was famous for many strange discoveries, such as closet-monster detector and the hyper-sizing tonic. One day, when he wasn't paying attention, a fly landed in the tonic and suddenly it became Hyperfly. The fly was captured and locked in the cellar but that didn't stop it from multiplying. What to do? The solution--create a giant frog to get rid of those pesky little flies and Hyperfly. Well things have a way of getting out of hand and even though it all ends we
Shawla Kenwoods
This book was fun to read to my son. It was colorful and always had his attention. We wore out the iPad from reading it so much.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786803736
Publisher:
Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date:
08/15/1999
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Kim Kennedy is the arthur of the classic Pirate Pete series

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