A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows the basics of trick-or-treating: dress in costume, go out in search of candy, come home and eat some.
Staying warm while trick-or-treating is not such a bad idea.
Positive Role Models
The little boy is resists his parents' advice and gets angry at first but eventually comes around to their way of thinking after he sees other trick-or-treaters wearing mittens, scarves, and fuzzy hats. In terms of representation, his family has brown skin, and the diverse kids he sees on the street have a variety of skin tones. Frankenstein has green skin.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that author-illustrator John Loren's Frankenstein Doesn't Wear Earmuffs! is a fun take on Halloween night, when a young boy gets dressed up as Frankenstein and sees himself as a big scary monster, but his mom and dad still see him as a little kid who needs to dress warmly before he goes out trick-or-treating. Parents and kids will relate to this common holiday conflict/concern. And it's treated here with great humor, imagination, and illustrations.
Is It Any Good?
This fun, fresh look at Halloween night spoofs both parents' protective streak and kids' resistance to cautious measures that would keep a child warm and safe. The story is told in zippy rhymes and playfully illustrated, emphasizing the changing emotions of both the boy and his imagined self as Frankenstein. The back and forth between imagination and reality is a clever, entertaining motif, and should be easy to grasp, even for little ones.
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