Rating: It’s easily 4 pumpkins out of 5 for cuteness. Monsters are now officially cute. This is a fun book for the under 8 set, and lets them participate in halloween without bringing on bad dreams. It also made TNR like Madeline a little more.
Synopsis (from Amazon): Frankenstein is the scariest of all the monsters in Miss Devel’s castle. He can frighten anything–animals, parents, even rocks. Until one night, Miss Devel wakes up and runs downstairs to find that Frankenstein has lost his head!
Review: Frankenstein is a funny parody of Madeline. In fact, it’s the kind of parody that makes the original story a little better. It is a line-by-line joke, ending in the ridiculous request by all the little monsters to have their heads replaced and screwed on.
Really, what little monster doesn’t lose his head now and again? Which caretaker hasn’t wished to leave her charge in the laboratory where he could be so neatly fixed?
TNR had the pleasure of reading this to three little boys ages 1 and 1/2, 6 and 45: all three of them listened to the whole thing and giggled. Endorsement enough, I would think.