With maniacal glee, Rex (Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich) delivers spot-on rhymes about B-movie monsters, loosely organized around the nuptials of Frankenstein and his bride. An oil painting of the wedding cake is as creamy as a Wayne Thiebaud confection, and an author bio in haiku silences quibblers: "He knows Frankenstein's/ the doctor, not the monster/ Enough already." In a digital comics sequence, Frankenstein's mother-in-law frets over her daughter's resurrection and engagement ("I'm an open-minded person.... but I never thought my little girl would marry someone green. There, I said it"); later, the Bride questions her betrothed but decides, "I'm not getting any less dead." Rex's ideal audience may be pop-culture buffs: he spoofs Peanuts with a vampiric Charlie Brown; plans the Frankensteins' reception menu around monsters' food allergies (no garlic for Dracula); sets up the Headless Horseman's photo blog on the tribulations of having a pumpkin head; and creates a running gag about "The Raven," where a sarcastic bird mocks Edgar Allan Poe. Rex's eclectic imagery and freewheeling verse will have readers going back for seconds. Ages 5-10. (Sept.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
"This gifted artist, whose clever wordplay reveals a wonderfully warped sense of comedy, has whipped up another winner."
School Library Journal
Jam-packed with sight gags, sly jokes, ghoulish cartoons, and spoofing, Frankenstein Takes the Cake is a great way to celebrate Halloween and "trick" kids into reading poetry. Dubbed a "fiendishly funny picture book" by Family Fun magazine, this follow-up to the bestselling Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, finds Frankenstein about to marry his undead bride. But first, he has to meet his future in-laws, and stop his best man, Dracula, from freaking out about the garlic bread. No one ever said it was easy being a monster!
Rex returns with a sophisticated and stylish sequel to his sidesplitting Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich (Harcourt, 2006). From a stream of consciousness that seems to have retained and remixed an assemblage of horror movies, literature classes, comic strips, and observations of the human condition, the narrative flows despite multiple mediums and frequent interruptions. Children who have seen the 1935 Bride of Frankenstein will get the most out of the framing story, told initially in sequential panels and featuring the conically coiffed mate-to-be in a lively exchange with her mother over marrying someone with green skin and the looming wedding expenses coming just hours after the girl's funeral. Interspersed with the marital plot are blog posts from the Headless Horseman (exhibiting photographs of his decomposing head and the sensible canned substitute) and glimpses into Edgar Allan Poe's study, rendered in shadowy charcoals. These scenes are hilarious for students in the know. Rex channels the tortured poet's meter, internal rhyme scheme, and alliteration throughout his parody during which Poe struggles for the right choice in a crossword puzzle involving the wife of a "veep": "But what the devil is a veep?" he weeps, as lo, the clock strikes four. Quoth the raven, 'Tipper Gore.'" Godzilla haikus, a Peanuts-inspired Dracula Junior, endpapers that give the raven the last word-there's something here for the kid in everyone. This gifted artist, whose clever wordplay reveals a wonderfully warped sense of comedy, has whipped up another winner.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
“With irreverent entries such as ‘Count Dracula Doesn’t Know He’s Been Walking Around All Night with Spinach in His Teeth,” this mash of monster poems will send kids howling (with laughter).” —Family Fun
(star) “Readers will relish every gross and hilarious entry in this monstrous menu of misadventures... Here’s a read-aloud candidate sure to elicit loud screams—but not of fright.” —Kirkus Reviews(starred)
(star) “The book is fresh, creative, and funny, with just enough gory detail to cause a few gasps. Kids will eat it up.” —School Library Journal (starred)
(star) “Rex gives readers the pleasure of discovering punch lines on their own, and his droll, ultra-detailed paintings show he takes comedy seriously.” — Publishers Weekly (starred)
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Meet the Author
ADAM REX is the author and illustrator of PSSST!, TREE RING CIRCUS, FRANKENSTEIN TAKES THE CAKE, and The New York Times bestseller FRANKENSTEIN MAKES A SANDWICH. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.
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