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The Resource Do not build a Frankenstein!, by Neil Numberman

Do not build a Frankenstein!, by Neil Numberman

Label
Do not build a Frankenstein!
Title
Do not build a Frankenstein!
Statement of responsibility
by Neil Numberman
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A boy warns his new neighbors of the trouble that comes with building a monster, including having to move to a different town in hopes of escaping his creation
Review
  • PreS-Gr 2— This pointless book starts with a boy yelling hysterically to get the attention of a crowd of kids. "Do Not Build a Frankenstein!" he admonishes to anyone who will listen. He is speaking from his own experience. Sure, it was fun having a giant monster to play with at first, but he soon tired of him breaking toys, scaring friends away, and following him everywhere. The only solution was to move to a new town, but not really, because Frankenstein finds him anyway. And the kids ignore the boy and run off to play with the monster. End of story. The cartoon children are drawn with skinny bodies, big round heads, and exaggerated expressions. Frankenstein has a giant green torso atop spindly legs with a pin-sized head. Stick with Ed Emberley's Go Away, Big Green Monster! (Little, Brown, 2005) and skip this Frankenstein.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT --Martha Simpson (Reviewed August 1, 2009) (School Library Journal, vol 55, issue 8, p81)
  • /* Starred Review */ There's a new kid in town, and he's a walking cautionary tale. As his peers listen raptly, he launches into a series of flashbacks, all designed to reinforce the lesson of the title. Sure, he says, a monster of one's own is fun at first (it turns out monsters are not averse to wearing drag when playing dress-up), but pretty soon the monster's enormous strength and relentless energy make it clear that emulating Victor Frankenstein is never a good idea (“He'll chase away your friends... and your pets... and he'll break all your toys”). Numberman is a nimble, funny writer, and he opts for showing rather than telling, his naïf watercolors scoring a punch line every time (the monster's vague resemblance to a giant green Homer Simpson on steroids makes the joke all the funnier). After a terrific debut as an illustrator this spring with the graphic novel–style Joey Fly, Private Eye , Numberman demonstrates his versatility and proves that he can deliver as both author and artist. Ages 4–8. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed July 13, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 28, p56)
  • Standing on a soapbox, the new kid in the neighborhood warns, "Do NOT build a Frankenstein!" The monster stares at him while he's reading, scares him at night and pushes him so hard on the swing he goes over the crossbar. "All you can do is move away…." Numberman, in his picture-book debut, depicts round-headed, rubber-limbed kids and a towering green monster on impossibly skinny legs. When, entirely predictably, the monster hears his name during the diatribe—"Did someone call?"—the children, orator included, join him in a game of monster tag. If the end doesn't live up to its setup, there's no denying the appeal of a giant green playmate with rivets in his neck. (Picture book. 5-8) (Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2009)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
325228
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Numberman, Neil
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Ages 4-8
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Monsters
  • Moving, Household
  • Monsters
  • Moving, Household
  • Monsters
  • Moving, Household
Target audience
primary
Label
Do not build a Frankenstein!, by Neil Numberman
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
754010
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780061568169
Lccn
2008020751
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780061568169
  • (OCoLC)232785508
Label
Do not build a Frankenstein!, by Neil Numberman
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
754010
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780061568169
Lccn
2008020751
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780061568169
  • (OCoLC)232785508

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