Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich

Common Sense Media says

Poems, stellar art show funny side of monsters.





What parents need to know

Violence & scariness

Mentions the monsterly habits of Godzilla, vampires, zombies, and others, but keeps the tone light, imaginative, and silly.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that these monsters act, well, monstrously. So expect some mention of blood-sucking, some scary-looking zombies, and bad behavior on the part of Godzilla (who poops on someone's car). The detailed pictures are true to their subjects, and some kids might find them too scary. Because the tone is light and funny, other kids will find them silly fun.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Rhyming monster vignettes are more funny than scary.

Is it any good?


It's tempting to make this book all about the spectacular pictures since author/illustrator Adam Rex's talent and range are prodigious. The gross-out factor isn't excessive but it's present. Not only is there a glimpse of Godzilla poop (unhappily deposited on the dismayed poet's Honda), but the monsters are wart-ridden and have bulging eyes, and a few fangs drip saliva.

Happily the poems live up to their illustrations. Rex understands the minds of average kids (at least those who aren't scared by the detailed monster drawings) and his monster tales take inspiration from their original stories. Take the poor beleaguered Phantom of the Opera, who can't get "It's a Small World" out of his head, or Dracula Jr., who is terrified by a trip to the dentist. The vocabulary level is high -- this isn't a dumbed-down parody -- and Rex doesn't stretch unreasonably far for his rhymes. As rhyming books tend to be, it's an especially fun read-aloud -- for parents, too.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how humor can take the edge off something scary. Kids familiar with the monsters' backgrounds can note the way their traditional histories are turned upside-down for the poems (like the way Frankenstein gets around the torch-wielding villagers).

Book details

Authors:Adam Rex, Mordecai Richler
Book type:Fiction
Publication date:September 1, 2006
Number of pages:40
Publisher's recommended age(s):5 - 7
Read aloud:5
Read alone:10

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Parent of a 17 year old Written bylove2 October 18, 2009

really boring

r librarian read this to us in library and it was soooooo boring!!!!! but even though it was boring i have to say the ilistration were really good. but it's IFFY for 4 cuz it has monsters in it.
Parent Written bydoodle noodle April 7, 2010

It really depends on your kid, and your parenting style

We love this book. My daughters (6 and 4) got this book 2 years ago and have requested it often at story time. Not only are the vocabulary and rhyme schemes slightly more challenging than you might see in most kids fare, but it provides an opportunity to look at monsters in a humourous light--Frankenstein isn't scary, he's hungry for a sandwich! Drac Jr. is only afraid of the dentist when he discovers she is not a monster, but actually a rather chipper human! Rex's characters (despite some of the creepier images) are very human, and allowed us to diminish our fear of nighttime bugaboos by evaluating what makes us afraid. I found this book WAAAY less disturbing than, say, the opening scene in Finding Nemo (remember, when Mommy and her 399 eggs get EATEN? Disney is playing on children's innate fear of losing their parents for dramatic effect, Rex is using classic monster images for comic effect).
What other families should know
Great role models
Kid, 9 years old September 23, 2012


I made a sandwhich
What other families should know
Too much swearing


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