Frankencrayon

Frankencrayon

by Michael Hall

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062252111
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/26/2016
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 327,183
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 11.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: AD530L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Michael Hall grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where autumn was memorable for football, floats, caramel apples, and spectacular colors. He is the creator of several acclaimed picture books for children, including  Frankencrayon, Red: A Crayon’s Story, My Heart Is Like a Zoo, Perfect Square, and It’s an Orange Aardvark! Michael Hall now lives with his family in Minneapolis, Minnesota—another city that shimmers in the fall.


Michael Hall grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where autumn was memorable for football, floats, caramel apples, and spectacular colors. He is the creator of several acclaimed picture books for children, including  Frankencrayon, Red: A Crayon’s Story, My Heart Is Like a Zoo, Perfect Square, and It’s an Orange Aardvark! Michael Hall now lives with his family in Minneapolis, Minnesota—another city that shimmers in the fall.

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Frankencrayon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
What I Thought- This is a unique book – it puts a picture book sort of like a movie, with a cast, narrator, and whatnot. Mr. Hall’s illustrations are simple but show a lot, and the things that the crayons say can be pretty funny. I like how the crayons thought that by scribbling over the offending red scribble, it would get better. I think that little kids will love this book (and will also relate to the horror of opening a coloring book that has been scribbled in)! *NOTE* I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
This Review of Frankencrayon Has NOT Been Canceled While I wouldn’t want every book or show to break the fourth wall, I enjoy the occasional story that does just that, which is why I was interested in Frankencrayon when I first heard about it. While I’m not sure that all kids will fully get this book, their parents will love it. Before we even get to the first page, we find out that the book has been canceled. It seems that a cast of crayons was going to tell us the story of Frankenstein, but they’ve had to change their plans because of a giant squiggle that appears on the page. And their efforts to solve the problem just make things worse. Can they ever fix things? Of course, this book is framed as the crayons explaining to us why the squiggle caused the book to be canceled. But the twist comes at the end as we actually do get to see the problem resolved. Then comes the added fun with the morals to take from the story. Oh, don’t worry, the book isn’t preachy. These morals flow logically from the story and are presented for fun at the end. We’re talking things like “Adding more squiggles doesn’t make squiggles go away.” And the last page? It has the best laugh of the entire book. Which leads us into my only hesitation with the book. Kids might not understand a few of the jokes, like the one on the last page, or the self-referential humor throughout the book. I bet upper pre-school kids would get it with some explanation from their parents, however. Despite the fact that Frankenstein is referenced, nothing is said that will frighten kids or is at all inappropriate for the age group. And I bet they will love the jokes made based on the various crayon color names. The illustrations are fairly simple, but they do a great job of conveying the problem the cast of crayons encounters and how they deal with it. So I definitely recommend this book, just with the understanding that not all kids might get it right away. When they do, they and their parents will both appreciate the creative storytelling that happens in Frankencrayon.