Frankenstein's Fright Before Christmas
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Frankenstein's Fright Before Christmas

by Rick Walton, Nathan Hale
     
 

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'Twas the night before Christmas and poor Miss Devel
Was hassled and harried and not feeling well...
Off in the distance she heard such a clatter
She sprang from her slab to see what was the matter.
Off down the stairs she flew like a flash,
Threw open the doors just in time for the...
CRASH!"

The little monsters, led once again by Frankenstein

Overview

'Twas the night before Christmas and poor Miss Devel
Was hassled and harried and not feeling well...
Off in the distance she heard such a clatter
She sprang from her slab to see what was the matter.
Off down the stairs she flew like a flash,
Threw open the doors just in time for the...
CRASH!"

The little monsters, led once again by Frankenstein, have been busy getting ready for the arrival of Saint Nick, but in this creepy old castle nothing goes quite as expected...

Halloween and Christmas collide in Ludworst Bemonster's unique send-up of "Twas the Night Before Christmas." Little monsters everywhere will be screaming with laughter!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/15/2014
Walton and Hale, again collaborating under the pen name Ludworst Bemonster, return with a Christmas companion to their 2012 Frankenstein-meets-Madeline mashup, Frankenstein: A Monstrous Parody. Lumpy-headed little Frankenstein can’t wait for Santa’s arrival at Miss Devel’s decrepit castle; he even drags a Christmas tree—ornamented with bats, snakes, and bones—in from the graveyard. When Santa Claus lands on the roof, it gives way, and he crashes unceremoniously onto the floor. But no matter, he’s got gifts: new heads for the tiny monsters, who have been making do with toasters, cacti, fishbowls, and other off-kilter substitutes after literally losing their heads in the opening scene. Despite a muddled sequence of events once the presents are delivered, the book’s wicked sense of humor will have mischievous readers cackling—Hale even manages to use the red-and-green Christmas palette to cadaverous effect. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)
From the Publisher

“This pint-sized Frankenstein's monster, last seen in the Madeline spoof Frankenstein: A Monstrous Parody, returns this time to riff on 'Twas the Night before Christmas.'” —The Horn Book

“Frankenstein and his little monster friend are taking on Christmas in this follow-up to the Madeline-inspired Frankenstein: A Monstrous Parody . . . illustrations in greens and red are a perfect match for this monstrously fun Christmas offering.” —School Library Journal

“A comic tale combining elements of the Frankenstein story, 'The Night Before Christmas' and the classic Madeline . . . Frightfully funny.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The book's wicked sense of humor will have mischievous readers cackling--Hale even manages to use the red-and-green Christmas palette to cadaverous effect.” —Publishers Weekly

Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
This parody of “The Night Before Christmas” features Miss Devel, who takes care of the little monsters in the castle orphanage. She is upset because the monsters have bad manners. She tries to rest but she hears such a “clatter” followed by a huge crash. She finds that little Frankenstein has cut down a tree for Saint Nick. Just then Santa comes in his sleigh to deliver presents but instead, he and the reindeer fall through the roof with a boom. The gifts roll out and the monsters jump in to get them. But then Miss Devel discovers that there are presents for everyone except for Frankenstein. He stares up at the reindeer and sleigh and proclaims that he wants to fly. So Frankenstein and all the monsters get in the sleigh and soar into the sky with Santa. The rhyming verses add to the lively story, and the large illustrations are humorous. This would be good story to read aloud to young children who may find all the antics amusing. Reviewer: Vicki Foote; Ages 4 to 7.
School Library Journal
10/01/2014
K-Gr 2—Frankenstein and his little monster friends are taking on Christmas in this follow-up to the Madeline-inspired Frankenstein: A Monstrous Parody (2012). Walton and Hale again combine their talents, taking on the rhyme scheme, rhythm, and plot of "The Night Before Christmas." "The monsters' bad manners had taken their toll./They'd lost their heads! They were out of control!" Miss Devel soon hears a clatter and who should appear at the castle door with a "CRASH" than little Frankenstein bearing a motley-decorated tree. Soon, Saint Nick arrives calling out to his reindeer, "On Whoozit, on Whatzit, and all of you others" and more chaos ensues. The watercolor digital illustrations in greens and red are a perfect match for this monstrously fun Christmas offering.—Diane Olivo-Posner, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
2014-08-12
In their second collaborative parody, Walton and Hale join forces under the pen name of "Ludworst Bemonster" to create a comic tale combining elements of the Frankenstein story, "The Night Before Christmas" and the classic Madeline. Twelve young monsters live in an old Victorian house with their guardian, Miss Devel, a mad-scientist sort with a white lab coat and safety goggles. On Christmas Eve, Santa attempts to deliver presents to the little monsters. Due to the deteriorating nature of the old mansion, Santa and the reindeer fall through the roof, and out of his sack come raining new heads for all the monsters but young Frankenstein. He tells Santa that he would like to learn to fly as his gift, so all the monsters pile into the sleigh for a trip to the North Pole. The text loosely follows the structure of "The Night Before Christmas" with an occasional line from Madeline. ("Something's not right!") There's lots of humor: monsters switching heads and wetting beds, a Christmas tree decorated with snakes and bones, and plenty of pratfalls and crashes. Echoing the style of Bemelmans, most illustrations use a limited palette of gray and lime-green with splashes of red for Santa and his sleigh. Children do not have to be familiar with Madeline or even Frankenstein to get the humor; slapstick comedy needs little introduction. Frightfully funny. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312553678
Publisher:
Feiwel & Friends
Publication date:
10/14/2014
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,169,543
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD500L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Ludworst Bemonster is the pen name for author Rick Walton and artist Nathan Hale, the pair behind Frankenstein, a picture book parody of Madeline. They both live in Provo, Utah.

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