Stitch Head

Stitch Head

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by Guy Bass
     
 

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In the frightening, maze-like dungeon laboratory deep within Castle Grotteskew, mad scientist Professor Erasmus brings his bizarre experiments to life. His first creation, Stitch Head, has long been forgotten. But when a traveling circus ringmaster promises to make him a star, Stitch Head is torn between his almost-life in the castle and the promise of fame outside…  See more details below

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In the frightening, maze-like dungeon laboratory deep within Castle Grotteskew, mad scientist Professor Erasmus brings his bizarre experiments to life. His first creation, Stitch Head, has long been forgotten. But when a traveling circus ringmaster promises to make him a star, Stitch Head is torn between his almost-life in the castle and the promise of fame outside its walls. Before he can decide what to do, Castle Grotteskew and its inhabitants (living and almost-living) are in danger: the professor’s latest monstrous creation has smashed its way to freedom, and Stitch Head may be the only one who can stop it.

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Children's Literature - Justina Engebretson
Some might consider the pint-size Stitch Head a freak creation; he is, as are all of Mad Professor Erasmus' "almost-life" creations. However, Stitch Head, like other real-life humans, longs for a true friend, someone that will notice him and never forget him. Once, he had that with the professor, but that was a very long time ago, back when Stitch Head was the professor's first and only "almost-life" creation. The professor has long since forgotten him. Now Stitch Head spends his days moving unseen about Castle Grotteskew, taming the professor's out-of-control creations, ensuring they do not escape the castle walls and terrorize the citizens of Grubbers Nubbin. Then one day, Fulbert Freakfinder rides into town with his circus of fake freaks, impressing no one. When Freakfinder learns of the professor who lives in the castle and creates real freaks, he cannot believe his luck. This is the answer to his problems. When he knocks on the door of the castle, Stitch Head greets him, telling him no one is allowed in. Freakfinder tries to woo his way in, but Stitch Head refuses, until the cunning Freakfinder schemes up an offer that will give Stitch Head his greatest desire: to be unforgettable. Will Stitch Head leave his dear professor at last or will he have to save him once more from Freakfinder's sinister plot? With a dash of humorous horror, a dose of loveable, freakish characters, and a page-turning plot, this chapter book is sure to capture the interest of elementary boys. The gothic-like illustrations add to the book's appeal and the humorous undertones of the plot. Friendship is a focal theme of this story bringing depth to the plot. Overall, this is a sweet, scary story with an excellent plot that is suitable for its young audience. Reviewer: Justina Engebretson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781623700072
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,001,377
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Guy Bass is an award-winning writer, author, and stuff. In 2010 he won the Blue Peter Book Award for Most Fun Book With Pictures for Dinkin Dings and the Frightening Things and has twice won the Portsmouth Book Award (Shorter Novel) for his Dinkin Dings series. Guy grew up dreaming of being a superhero – he even had a Spider-Man costume. The costume doesn’t fit anymore, so Guy now contents himself with writing children’s books and drawing the occasional picture.Guy lives in London with his wife and no dog, yet.

Pete Williamson lives in a garden flat in South London with his girlfriend. He has worked as a designer for an animation company and also as a psychiatric nurse. Pete's interests include peculiar music, good books, and drinking too much coffee.

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Stitch Head 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
book4children More than 1 year ago
I've been very curious about the popularity of monsters and scary themes in children's books lately. My daughter is really into them, so we've read a lot of spooky books together lately. Stitch Head is one of the better ones that we've read. The chapters are short and peppered with plenty of illustrations. The evil villain is deceptive and charming, making all sorts of promises he has no intention of keeping. Stitch Head is sweet and overly trusting because he has virtually no experience with anyone other than the mad professor when he was a boy. Guy Bass has a nice "voice" that comes through in the story. The book moves along at a nice pace, and there aren't any dry parts or areas when my daughter got restless. The Creature is funny and very excited about everything. It reminds me of a puppy, and it keeps things interesting. I love the ending. I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that some roles are reversed. It gives the story a nice ending that isn't as predictable as most kid's books. It is wrapped up neatly, but not perfectly. It left me feeling satisfied without the annoyance of a perfect ending. The illustrations really enhance the look and feel of the book. They contribute tremendously to the spooky atmosphere and the world that Stitch Head lives in. Very well done. I am so excited that this is going to be a series! I can't wait to read the next one with my daughter.