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Frankie Stein
ISBN: 9780761456087
Author: Schaefer, Lola M./ Atteberry, Kevan (ILT)
Publisher: Two Lions
Published: August 2009
Retail: $6.99    OUR PRICE: $4.49
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: Frankie Stein comes into the world on a bright, sunny day. He's not at all like his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank N. Stein. They try to make him look like them. They can?t. But he does end up being scary?just in his own way! Paperback.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Monsters
- Juvenile Fiction | Family
Library of Congress Subjects:
Individuality; Fiction.
Monsters; Fiction.
Family life; Fiction.
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2009020503
Lexile Measure: 510
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Target Grade: Preschool
Grade level: Preschool
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 9.50" W
Bargain Category: Picture Books, Holiday/Seasonal, Fantasy, Early Elementary
Grade level(s): PreK
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
Frankie Stein comes into the world on a bright, sunny day. He's not at all like his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank N. Stein. They try to make him look like them. They can?t. But he does end up being scary?just in his own way
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2007 September #4)

With his creamy skin and blissful smile, Frankie Stein seems a delightful baby. In the Munsters –like premise, however, his evident normalcy worries his parents, a green-skinned Frankenstein's monster and his Bride. " 'Oh my,' said his mother. 'He's... cute.' " Frankie soon sprouts "a lock of sun-gold hair" and a clean white tooth. He practices lurching, but "his walk was more of a bounce." His doting parents tint his hair a lurid violet, apply fake warts to his face and outfit him in clunky black shoes—ever mindful of their rogues' gallery of candlelit family portraits—but to no avail. A transparent, goofy ghost and lavender rat smilingly observe the unsuccessful makeover, accenting the sitcom humor. Schaefer (Loose Tooth ) capably sets up debut illustrator Atteberry's visual punch lines, while Atteberry casts the tale with slightly bland computer-generated caricatures. Given the predictable gags, the roundish yellow typeface appears undersize and weak on the page; otherwise, the book makes the most of its cartoonish comedy without tilting into anything remotely scary. Ages 5-8. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2007 September)

K-Gr 2— Frankie Stein is nothing like his monstrous, green-skinned parents. Instead, he is cute, with a pink face and golden hair. In an effort to make him more like them, Mr. and Mrs. Stein "made faces at him" and "shouted BOO! and "GOTCHA!" To give him a more frightening facade, they paint his blond hair blue, cap his first white tooth with green, and place green "bump stickers" all over his face. Still not finding their child terrifying enough, they teach him to walk stiffly and groan. When that doesn't work, they describe the horrifying attributes of their relatives. In the end, little Frankie discovers his own way of being scary, which frightens even his parents. Purples and greens dominate the illustrations, emphasizing the cartoony creepiness of the Stein house. While little Frankie resembles a round-faced toddler, his parents are reminiscent of, as their last name suggests, Frankenstein's monster. Children are certain to find amusement in this charming story, which also subtly teaches them the importance of individuality. It is certain to be a favorite around Halloween.—Donna Atmur, Los Angeles Public Library

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