Frankenstein by Ludworst Bemonster – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our children. These are books that they, we, or all of us particularly enjoy.

Frankenstein: A Monstrous Parody by Ludworst Bemonster (Rick Walton and Nathan Hale)
Published by Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan

I doubt I am alone in this, but when I was young I simply adored Ludwig Bemelmans’s Madeleine. In Frankenstein, Rick Walton and Nathan Hale – writing under the pseudonym Ludworst Bemonster – parodies the beloved childhood classic to monstrous effect. Their main character, as you might expect, is a little Frankenstein, although instead of the littlest of them, he is the ugliest one.

The first portion of Frankenstein is particularly clever. Bemonster has a good ear for the rhyme and meter of the original Madeleine and the story is cute. The monsters’s teacher Miss Devel wakes one night, certain that something is quite wrong and finds that Frankenstein has, quite literally, lost his head.

Frankenstein has some really great ‘spooky’ vocabulary. Things are grotesque and gory, full of shrieks and howls and groans, the monsters torment Miss Devel. The plot loses a bit of steam at the end, though, particularly after what should be the end of the book. There are two more pages of illustration that are so anti-climatic that they nearly ruin the entire book.

Of course, that is all from an adult’s point of view. Daniel, who is now three years old and has never read Madeleine, thoroughly enjoys Frankenstein. He has pronounced it his “favorite,” seemingly due to the good cadence and rhyme, as well as the cutely spooky illustrations.

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Halloween Dogs – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy.

Halloween Dogs by Roger Priddy
Published by Priddy Books

It will come as a surprise to nobody who knows him, but Halloween Dogs was one of Daniel’s favorite books for quite some time last year. Not only is it illustrated with actual photos of dogs, but it is sparkly and many of the areas are textured. Although, really, I think it was mostly about the dogs.

Halloween Dogs is more poem than something with a plot, talking about the way these anthropomorphic dogs relate to Halloween. The book is cute and the pages are brightly colored to keep a young child’s attention. That being said, I think Daniel liked it more when he was just a little over a year old. Now that he is over two, it isn’t quite sophisticated enough for him.

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Whooo’s That? – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy.

Whooo’s That by Kay Winters, illustrated by Jeannie Winston
Published by Harcourt Children’s Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Whooo’s That? is a very cute Halloween lift-the-flaps book. Every page other than the last one has one or more jack o’ lanterns that can be flipped down to complete the sentence “Whooo’s that….” Beneath each of the flaps is some sort of Halloween creature, most of which are shown on the last page to be kids out trick or treating.

This is a very cute book with big, easy to manipulate flaps, and even the biggest Halloween beasties are basically adorable. Facing pages rhyme, and everything scans well. It isn’t Daniel’s very favorite Halloween book, but it is a good addition to the rotation.

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Five Little Pumpkins – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy.

Five Little Pumpkins, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino
Published by Harper Festival, an imprint of HarperCollins

Five Little Pumpkins, a Halloween classic!

You all probably know the Five Little Pumpkins poem: “Five little pumpkins, sitting on a gate; the first one says “Oh my! It’s getting late!” And so on, and so forth.

This might be one of Daniel’s very favorite books. I think we kept reading it for about six months after Halloween last year. There is a great rhythm and rhyme, and this edition has only a short bit of text on each page, which really keeps the poem moving -and which makes it easy to repeat and memorize, I’m pretty sure Daniel is going to know the whole thing before Halloween. The illustrations are simple with lots of contrast, which makes them great for young children. Oh, and if you weren’t aware, that pumpkin in the back with the down-turned oval eyes is crying. At least according to Daniel.

Five Little Pumpkins is a great Halloween staple for any young child’s library.

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