CrankensteinSummary: BEWARE OF CRANKENSTEIN!

Who is Crankenstein?


He may look like any ordinary boy, but when faced with a rainy day, a melting popsicle, or an early bedtime, one little boy transforms into a mumbling, grumbling Crankenstein. When Crankenstein meets his match in a fellow Crankenstein, the results could be catastrophic–or they could be just what he needs to brighten his day!


Crankenstein, by Samantha Berger and Dan Santat 7.0

‘Crankenstein is a cute children’s picture book about a boy nicknamed Crankenstein because of his moodiness. It shows us various scenarios that make our young protagonist irritable, such as having to get out of bed in the morning, having to go to school, when it’s cold out, when it rains, when it’s so hot out that popsicles get all melty, …etc.

You get the picture.

I picked it up from the library because Hallowe’en was just around the corner and, with a title like that one, I figured that it would provide a few chuckles along the way. Add to this the fact that I would likely relate to it in some way, being a curmudgeony bastard (to say the least!), and I figured that it might prove a fun read for me.

And, although it is slightly one-note, it was indeed a good time: I found each scenario amusing, if simplistic, and loved seeing Crankenstein respond to everything with a guttural “Mehhrrrr!!”. Plus which Santat’s art is pure delight in this over-sized book format; his character designs are simple yet pleasing and the colouring is eye-catching.

‘Crankenstein’ is hardly a challenging piece, being only a couple dozen pages long and short on text, but its droll take on moodiness is sure to be a hit with kids and parents alike – as the former get a kick out of Crankenstein’s myriad faces and cartoonish reactions and the latter wear knowing smiles at seeing their parental experience satirised.

It may not be ‘Scaredy Squirrel’, but I see a popular book series in the making.

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