Book: Crankenstein

Author: Samantha Berger

Illustrator: Dan Santat

Publisher: Scholastic, republished in 2014

ISBN-13: 978-0-545-79894-5

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Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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Berger, Samantha. Crankenstein (published in 2013 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers, a division of Hachette Book Group Inc., 237 Park Ave., 15th Floor, New York City, NY  10017; republished in 2014 by Scholastic Inc., 557 Broadway, New York City, NY  10012).  Everyone has heard of Frankenstein, but have you ever seen a “Crankenstein”?  Crankenstein seems to appear when it’s time to get up or go to school; or when it’s raining outside or way too hot for popsicles; or when the line is long or there’s gross cough syrup to take; or definitely when it’s bedtime.  Is there anything that can be done about Crankenstein?  All of us know a Crankenstein.  Ha, all of us have probably been a Crankenstein at one time or another.  The funny text by Samantha Berger and the humorous illustrations by Dan Santat, who would make himself good and cranky by depriving himself of coffee, combine to remind us that comedy can conquer crankiness every time.  Exasperated parents may find that reading this book aloud could be a handy way to deal with a young child when he or she is a bit cranky.

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