The endpapers offer a clue as to what to expect, showing an alarming array of paint, body parts, clothing, and typeface,...

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"HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FRANKIE"

The endpapers offer a clue as to what to expect, showing an alarming array of paint, body parts, clothing, and typeface, which will be used in the workshop of a round-headed man in glasses wearing an acid-green lab coat. There are few words in this wild mishmash, most of them forming variants on the ""ann bone's connected to the . . ."" pattern as the hero attempts to assemble a Frankenstein-type monster. The mismatched fonts are as screwy as everything else, scattered about the pages in happy abandon. Eventually a blue-faced, recognizable monster appears, just in time to get a party hat plopped onto his head and to blow out the candle. The monster's response to the enthusiastic ""Happy birthday, Frankie"" leaves the professor in pieces; Frankie, in the last spread, is seen wrench in hand, trying to reassemble him--a task that may prove as pointless as the book.

Pub Date: Aug. 31, 1999

ISBN: ---

Page Count: 40

Publisher: HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1999

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