MAKING FRIENDS WITH FRANKENSTEIN by Colin McNaughton

MAKING FRIENDS WITH FRANKENSTEIN

A Book of Monstrous Poems and Pictures
by & illustrated by
Age Range: 11 - 13
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 McNaughton's grimacing, pop-eyed cartoon figures are the perfect accompaniment for his uninhibited rhymes and free verse. Even though it can descend into indelicacy or tedium (``Widdly, waddly, kink-a-joo/Sing the monster SONG!/Diddly, doddly, stinky- poo/Bang the monster GONG!'') the clever title poem (``When I am feeling lonely,/For Igor I will send./We'll go to my laboratory/And we will make a friend!'') is more characteristic; some of the wordplay here recalls Jack Prelutsky's. Most selections feature monsters or ghoulish events (``A Cyclops Can Never Be Friends With Another'': ``They never see eye to eye''), while unpleasant surprises await visitors to ``Jekyll and Hyde Park.'' But some contemporary concerns are addressed: ``Georgie Porgie's been so bad--/Kissed the girls and make them mad,'' and ``a caged bird isn't singing out of joy.'' Page layouts, as varied as the poetry, add visual interest to a robust collection whose humor, while occasionally gross, is sure to appeal to the target audience. (Poetry. 11-13)

Pub Date: May 1st, 1994
ISBN: 1-56402-308-7
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1994




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