Saturday, April 18, 2015

Book Review: Frankenstink! Garbage Gone Bad by Ron Lightburn

Frankenstink! Garbage Gone Bad
By Ron Lightburn
Publisher: Tundra Books
Published: Mar. 10, 2015
ISBN: 9781770496941

Amazon Synopsis:

With a glow-in-the-dark cover and zany art, this is a book about "garbage" that transforms and mutates into a grotesque, greedy monster devouring everything in its path, Frankenstink is sure to be a hit with kids who do not like to clean up. Is the monster who feeds on "a mountainous salad of plastic and goo, fast-food leftovers and Styrofoam stew," real, a dream, or a warning of what is to come if we don't compost and recycle? Complemented by playful illustrations in a comic-book style.

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My Thoughts:

Frankenstink! Garbage Gone Bad is a delightfully amusing story of all the detritus a young boy shoves under his bed and what happens to it when he doesn’t clean it up. If your young child is prone to nightmares and fears of monsters under the bed you may have to remind them that this story is imaginary – and that cleaning up his/her room would be a good precaution.

At first glance, the pictures did look a little frightening (as my 19-year-old pointed out. But when you started to read the story it really wasn’t scary at all. I loved the nice clear font that the author chose for the text and how some of the words were written larger and bolder or illustrated the word. For example the word slithering was written in an up-and-down motion like that of a snake. These things added great interest to the reading of the text.

The drawings were clear and done in a fun comic-book style with lots of details so that with really young children you could play counting games and I-Spy on many of the pages. I also found the glow-in-the-dark cover to be unique. Unfortunately it needed to absorb a lot of light before it did very much glowing.

Frankenstink has a great message about reducing, reusing and recycling, plus keeping our rooms clean, which every mother will appreciate. I highly recommend this children’s hard-cover book.  I gave it 5 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the publishers for providing this book through LibraryThing in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Author and illustrator Ron Lightburn has won many awards and honors, including the Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration. He has created artwork for book covers, magazines, calendars, posters, and advertisements across North America and has become internationally renowned for his storytelling skills and range of illustration styles. His picture books have been published in nine countries, with sales of over 600,000 copies. Frankenstink, his thirteenth picture book, harkens back to the monster movies and comics of his youth.

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