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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  506 ratings  ·  83 reviews

Twelve-year-old underachiever Rob has better things to do than read. His parents give him lots of books but most of them just end up in the messy pile of junk he keeps locked in his closet that once doubled as a makeshift science laboratory. One day, Rob hears weird sounds coming from behind his closet door and discovers a funny little creature that seems to be a cross b

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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Mrs. Knott
Ready for a great read that will make you laugh out loud? I loved this book, it kept me laughing and it kept me reading... there's a sequel to this one that I'll be purchasing soon!
Robert has this great, big closet that he soon discovers is a fabulous place for storing things, stashing things, especially when it comes time to "clean".
However, one day a "little man" comes out of his closet. He half grunts, half talks about "Charlie". If only Robert had read some of his books he'd understand that
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Laura
Rob Burnside is a regular middle school kid living in a regular neighborhood. His sister is a pain, his mom wants him to read more books, and his neighborhood friends run from fun guys to slightly nerdy. Rob hates cleaning his room and solves this problem by shoving everything in his closet. When a strange, small man that seems to be half Willie Wonka and half Frankenstein appears from the depths of the closet mess, Rob becomes responsible for a mischievous and confused kind of leprechaun guy.

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Terry
Young Reader Reaction: I liked this book because of how Wonkenstein helped Rob through his problems. They had lots of adventures and had so much fun doing them. It was so sad when Wonkenstein had to leave when he finished his mission. The story is very suspenseful and has a great mystery. Fantasy lovers will like it too because there are lots of made-up characters. This is a quick read that you can finish in just a few days. You will absolutely love the excitement this was a great little book.

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Jasmine
This book is named Wonkenstein written by Obert Skye. This is a book based on a monster that comes from Robert's closet and gets Robert in trouble and not the monster. Robert is not an average kid because he is always getting in trouble because of the monster that he has in the closet. The monster is half human and half monster the sides are Willy Wonka and Frankstein. I think what makes this book very unique is that no book that have read turned out so because there is a monster that pops out o ...more
Liz
The story: Robert Burnside's closet is like an earth-bound black hole: matter goes into it, and comes out changed into something completely different…plus, it's alive! So Rob does what any normal kid would do--he burgles, burps, and bungles his way through one disaster after another until the only thing left to do is completely humiliate himself by reciting poetry onstage. Is Wonkenstein the monster of doom, or could there be an upside?

June Cleaver's ratings: Language PG; Nudity G; Sexual Conten
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Tiffany Cooke
Rob is a typical twelve-year-old kid with an annoying older sister and a tag-along little brother. He doesn't do well in school, has a messy room, and a huge crush on his neighbor Janae.
Rob's dad brings home a closet door from Goodwill for Rob's closet. It even has a weird handle that has a strange man's face on it. Rob throws everything into his closet - including his chemistry set, playdough, and books he never reads, and shuts the door.
One day a weird creature emerges from the closet. He
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Alice
This book is ... quirky. I didn't actually mean to read Wonkenstein:The Creature from my Closet. My son read it and then brought it to me with a smile and said it was fun but he wasn't sure he should count it on his summer reading list because of all the pictures. Hearing this I opened it up and saw one of the illustrations. It made me smile, so I flipped to the back cover to see what the book was about. Then I was like "Willy Wonka and Frankenstein? That's not normal." So I opened to the first ...more
Donna
A book intended for Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans, with an honorable agenda. It wholly supports (with silly methodolody) the power of "the right book" in a child's hands. Robert is a child who doesn't like to read. The appearance of Wonkenstein and Robert's realization that the doll-like toy come to life has the physical features of both Willy Wonka and Frankenstein's monster inspires Robert to read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Frankenstein. And he enjoys them very much. When the time comes ...more
Courtney
Robert Columbo Burnside is a twelve-year-old boy. He hates reading and cleaning, and is just beginning to like girls. His closet is full of failed science experiments, books his mother gave him, and whatever else he can fit inside. One day, a creature pops out. It seems to be a cross between Willy Wonka and Frankenstein's monster, so Rob decides to call it Wonkenstein, Wonk for short. Hilarity ensues. As Rob tries to deal with being in seventh grade, impress Janae, and hide Wonk, a series of mis ...more
Todd Stansbury
This was an interesting read. The author seems to have a clear understanding of the themes of both Frankenstein and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and weaves them into his work. While I was never fully sure why the creature came out of the closet, the story is still enjoyable. The cliffhanger ending helps get the desire going for the next book, and I will probably read it, too.
Tracie
Apr 29, 2014 Tracie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: j, funny
A young boy who cleans his room by shoving everything in the closet encounters a big problem when a creature emerges from the mess that is half Frankenstein and half from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I didn't love this, but I think older kids who liked Big Nate or even Diary of a Wimpy Kid might enjoy this one.
Tiffany
Fun, quick, silly read for the tween or new chapter book reader. very funny with great illustrations throughout the whole story that keeps the fun going. Liked how the author brought in other fun stories to help the main character learn and grow. The characters although not exactly real face real challenges and have real fears.
Excalibur Snape
This book had me laughing out loud.
It is quirky and original.
It is a middle grade book told through words and pictures.
It is a fantastic way to spend a few hours.
Wonka and Frankensteins monster blended together.
Very, very funny.
I highly recommend it.
Raeanne Ameele
Cute story of a boy who up till this point in his life has avoided books by throwing them in his closet.
An adventure developes when a character hybrid emerges from the closet, leading Robert to turn to books for a better understanding of his new companion.
Ronald Roseborough
Robert Burnside is a twelve year old with a problem. No, besides the funny name, or his goofy younger brother, or his older sister, or his parents. That's just the normal stuff. He also has a funny little creature that came out of his closet. True, it almost popped out of the overstuffed closet where Robert throws everything. The problem is Robert doesn't know what it is or what to do with it. It looks like something Dr. Frankenstein might have made in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. Worst of a ...more
Adam
This book starts out saying how most books start out with "Once upon a time or Jimmy Pennyworth was a fine young man with a bright future blah, blah, blah" and then goes on to say how this book doesn't start this so it isn't your typical book. The thing is, this is like the third book in a row I read that started nearly the same way. All the kids books for boys lately seem to be Wimpy Kid knock offs. Don't get me wrong, there were some funny parts and the illustrations were also funny here and t ...more
Cathlin
Enjoyable humorous read about a middle school boy whose strange closet produces a unique creature that gets him into a whole lot of trouble. I definitely know some kids who will enjoy this read.
Katie
Cute, quick, clean read. Perfect for any Diary of a Wimpy Kid fan. It could also possibly be used as an introduction to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Frankenstein.
Mary
A very funny beginning for Obert Skye's new series about the thing that came out of the closet. Maybe it's because of all the stuff Rob has crammed into his closet: a make-shift lab with unused stuff from around the house, unread books, etc. Or maybe it's because of the very heavy door with the ornate engraving that Rob's father found at a garage sale. Whatever the reason, a thing, half Willy Wonka-half Frankenstein's monster, emerges from the closet. Rob is a likable character and the reader do ...more
Kellie
This was cute. Quirky, but cute. And the quirky works. Fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books would probably like this one, as it's written in the same style.

The pictures were fun and I found myself laughing more than once. I didn't think I'd want to read the next book, but now I'm curious as to what kind of trouble the next creature from the closet will get into.
Suzanne
This book is very well suited for 8-12 year old boys. It is in the same vein as Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I thought it was funny and in the end encourages the reader to read more- which is good. It's not really written for an adult but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
Lady Lioness
I don't know where I was introduced to this series, via Sarah's blog or the Unshelved guys or somewhere else completely, but there was a very interesting review of the sequel, Potterwookiee. The review said this series would be a great thing to hand a child looking for a Diary of a Wimpy Kid read-alike and I definitely agree. There are definite literary influences like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Frankenstein, and, in my opinion, there was a hint of To Kill a Mockingbird in the character ...more
Jadyn
This book is fun and crazy! Obert Skye isnt just one of my moms best friend but hes is a GREAT author who I love! I think all kids would enjoy this book.
Vincewarrior
Very funny. Obviously Obert Skye has a good sense of humor. Very easy and perfect for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade.
Alison
Full of silliness, had me giggling throughout. Counting fried chickens instead of sheep to fall asleep-Brilliant! Great fun for boy readers, but not exclusively so. Illustrations throughout add so much to the writing-check out the judges at the end of the book for the BEST example of this. And nice tie-in's encouraging kids to wander off to Frankenstein and/or Willy Wonka (Either reading the works themselves or having them read to them by someone else. Remeber that there is no best way to get a ...more
Mary
Mar 13, 2012 Mary rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Wimpy Kid fans, reluctant readers
Meh. This was a Wimpy Kid wannabe. Something weird is going on in Robert's messy closet. Somehow the characters in a couple of books that Robert has thrown in there have become the doll-sized hybrid - and very much alive - character Wonkenstein (Willy Wonka meets Frankenstein - or the monster of Frankenstein to be exact). Wonkenstein causes trouble for Robert and Robert has to try to undo the mess. There were a couple of laugh out loud moments. Truthfully, the illustrations were funnier than the ...more
Carolyn
Humorous and sweet story. I had the chance to hear Mr. Skye speak at a tween reading conference I took my daughter too. He is entertaining and his book is too. Looking forward to reading Potterwookie next!
Supercoolcharlie
it was good but it could have been better.

Tanya
Great book for the beginning reader. Read this jointly with my son who is 7 years old. He enjoys the imaginative creature that pops out of the closet, but he actually got the message of the book which was to not be afraid... whether that is doing something new or speaking up in someone's behalf. We had a good time reading this together and having discussions over what Wonkenstein was trying to do. He has already asked for Obert's second one in the series Potterwookie. I guess I have a small book ...more
Jaden
it was a good book.
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