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Summary: Frankenstein is getting married. He shares his trip to the altar in a collection of poems about everything from his best man Dracula going to the buffet to the flower girl's tantrum, to a verse by Edgar Allen Poe! This is the second title in this illustrated story/poem collection featuring Adam Rex's Frankenstein.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, transitional reader, independent reading, reluctant reader, remedial reader
Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 9; read yourself: 8 to 12
Interest Level: 8 and up
Reading Level: 3
Age of Child: Read by an 8-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: My daughter has looked at this book on and off for a year, but she never really sat down with it to explore the poems. Now she loves Adam Rex and has read both of the Frankenstein books. She would read these to her dad at bedtime and then come running out of her room laughing to read them to me ... and trying to explain the humor.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a wonderful book to share - even Dad loves them! The art is great, the humor is perfect for kids and parents, and there are "leads" that will get kids looking for other stories (like Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven.
Pros: Humorous poems, an outrageous cast of characters, and great illustrations make this a book fun to share together. Its "layers" make it a great selection for reading with kids of multiple ages.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a fun book for year-round reading, whether it's Poetry Month or Halloween.
Educational Themes: This is a book to read for fun. If you want to "get" something out of it, then you can explore the different types of poems, identify some of the other literary references (Greek myth, gothic stories, and even trick photography.
Notes: The Reading Tub® picked up this book at Book Expo America 2008. There are no expectations of review associated with this book.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, poetry, Halloween, humor
Date(s) Reviewed: May 2010
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.