Author: Hall, Michael
If the crayons cannot stop the scribble monster, this picture book and the play "Frankencrayon" may have to be canceled.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.40
Points: .5 Quiz: 182259
Kirkus Reviews (10/15/15)
School Library Journal (+) (12/01/15)
The Hornbook (00/01/16)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 12/01/2015 PreS-Gr 2—A mysterious red scribble marks the beginning of the end for a picture book, and the story of its cancellation and the ensuing fallout is related from the perspective of a pencil and some crayon characters. Hall has had great success with crayons before. In Red: A Crayon's Story (HarperCollins, 2014), he explored self-acceptance and judgment. This time he writes a just-for-fun mash-up of monster movie references and schoolroom shenanigans, while skewering literary conventions. As the narrator takes readers through the lead-up to the cancelled book (never ask a crayon to do the job of an eraser), there are breaks in the proscenium and characters are sent to later parts of the story to wait for their cues. Frankencrayon himself is three crayon stubs put together: green for the head, orange for the midsection, and purple for the bottom. Hall's genius application of crayon drawings and cut-paper collage creates a product that any child could see himself making, and that's how artists and authors are born. VERDICT A monstrously entertaining read.—Lisa Lehmuller, Paul Cuffee Maritime Charter School, Providence, RI - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 12/15/2015 Hall returns to the world of anthropomorphic crayons with this delightful Halloweeny jaunt. This time, though, the crayons are prepared to put on their own version of Frankenstein. The roles have been cast, and the pencil is ready to narrate when a giant scribble appears! Though the crayons try to scrub it away, they only make it bigger. It seems there’s no recourse but to cancel the book (and the show), but wait: three crayons taped together for the starring role of the Frankencrayon monster didn’t get the memo, and they have been waiting patiently on page 22 for their big entrance. Thinking quickly, they draw a mouth and some legs for the scribble and send it on its way, and the show goes on. As in Red: A Crayon’s Story (2015), the bright cut-paper crayons hold a running commentary as a humorous Greek chorus, and the scribble’s appearance against both black and white backgrounds adds striking visuals, effectively supporting the ultimate message of inclusion and creative problem solving. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.