I love October! The weather turns cold, the fall colors are in full swing and I get to recommend monster books all month long! Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich is one of my favorites. You can’t go wrong with short, illustrated poems with titles like: The Creature from the Black Lagoon Doesn’t Wait an Hour before Swimming, The Invisible Man Gets a Haircut, and Count Dracula Doesn’t Know He’s Been Walking Around All Night with Spinach in his Teeth.
The poems are well written, lyrical verses that put monsters made famous in various forms of popular culture into hilarious, everyday situations. Children and parents will find Adam Rex’s quirky sense of humor delightful and not too scary given the subject matter. The poetry varies in style depending on the subject, as do the amazing illustrations. Rex works in several different mediums for the illustrations in this book so that each poem is given unique illustrations to accompany it. Jekyll and Hyde appear in the style of an illustrated newspaper, a photo collage is used to interpret Godzilla and even a Richard Scarry-esque bunny makes an appearance as the Yeti. The variety in style and intricate, often humorous, detail of the art work is what will have readers reaching for this book for multiple readings.
If you are looking for an extra special way to enjoy Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, check out the CD in a bag and enjoy listening to the narrator’s interpretations of each of the poems.
Posted by: Kelly