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Product Description The perfect cure for a cranky kid, illustrated by the #1 New York Times bestselling and Caldecott-winning artist, Dan Santat. BEWARE OF CRANKENSTEIN! He's a little monster of crankiness that no one can destroy! MEHHRRRR!!! He may look like any ordinary boy, but when faced with a rainy day, a melting popsicle, or an early bedtime, one little boy transforms into a mumbling, grumbling Crankenstein. When Crankenstein meets his match in a fellow Crankenstein, the results could be catastrophic--or they could be just what he needs to brighten his day! This hilarious and relatable tale of grumpiness gone awry will turn toddler tantrums to giggles in no time. Don't miss the other books about Crankenstein! A Crankenstein Valentine Trick or Treat, Crankenstein From Booklist There’s plenty to be cranky about out there in the world, even—or maybe especially—if you’re a kid. As envisioned by Berger (Martha Doesn’t Share!, 2010) and Santat (Sidekicks, 2011), such events are enough to produce a literal monster. Faced with the slings and arrows of early wake-up calls, miserly Halloween candy givers, melting Popsicles, long lines, cough syrup, and bedtime, the fearsome Crankenstein can only respond with a baleful look and a groaning “MEHHRRRR!” The only possible cure for such terror? Laughter, naturally, which comes along with play and friendship and puts a total, if temporary, kibosh on the crankiness. The premise plants an amusing seed, which Santat’s art brings to full, glowing life, in giant two-page spreads alternately blazing with or darkened by appropriate digital hues. The size of the faces matches the size of the emotions, and Santat’s gift with exaggerated expressions ensures that this monster, in the tradition of all the greats, inspires sympathy as well as fear. Preschool-Grade 1. --Jesse Karp Review Praise for Crankenstein: "Expect many re-read requests from Crankensteins who may (or may not) recognize themselves."―Publishers Weekly "Will the creature ever turn from "MEHHRRRR!" to merry? Youngsters will roar along with Crankenstein through this silly and sympathetic story of grumpy-grouchies."―School Library Journal "Whoa. Be prepared for the intense frustrations, the moody outbursts and the green scowls of Crankenstein...Each setting reveals sly comic elements that both kids and their grown-ups will appreciate. Readers will laugh out loud...Get ready to read this aloud a lot."―Kirkus Reviews "Sometimes-when you have to go to school, when you have to take cough syrup-all there is to say is "MEHHRRRR!"... This is a No, David! for slightly older kids..."―The Horn Book "The grumpy monster inside all of us who rears its ugly head when things go wrong-the one who says "MEHHRRR!" to every cheerful suggestion-takes center stage in this picture book describing a kid at his most ornery."―The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books About the Author Samantha Berger has written picture books including Crankenstein, A Crankenstein Valentine, and Trick or Treat, Crankenstein; What If..., Rock What You Got, Snail Mail, and Martha Doesn't Say Sorry, which won a Parent's Choice Award Honor. When she isn't writing, she's doing voice-overs, traveling the world, and helping rescue dogs. Samantha splits her time between New York City and California. Dan Santat is the author and artist of the Caldecott Award-winning The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, as well as the New York Times bestsellers Are We There Yet? and After the Fall. He has also illustrated many titles including Drawn Together (also by Minh Lê), The Alphabet's Alphabet (by Chris Harris), No More Poems (by Rhett Miller), and the Crankenstein series (by Samantha Berger). Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and two dogs. He can be found online at


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