We’ve all met them or even live with them: polite, pleasant children who turn into Crankenstein when things don’t go their way. Author Samantha Berger and illustrator Dan Santat have brought a particularly grumpy little cherub to life in A Crankenstein Valentine. One grumpy February 14th, Crankenstein’s mother wakes him up with the gift of heart patterned underwear, and our poor anti-hero is further upset by a kiss on the bus, heart shaped food at lunch, valentine crafts and snacks in the afternoon, and worst of all, the role of Cupid in the school play. But when a girl version of all his crankiness throws a fit on stage, Crankenstein may have found his match!
The colorful illustrations in this book capture all the action that this story has. Crankenstein’s skin is a puke-green and nearly every shade of pink and red is used throughout. The story is printed in a font specifically designed by the illustrator and subtly adds to the book’s humor. This is short enough for a bed-time read, and be sure to take a look at the endpapers.
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