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This laugh-out-loud funny and devilish send-up of Ludwig Bemelmans's Madeline is for little monsters everywhere.

Frankenstein is the scariest of all the monsters in Miss Devel's castle. He can frighten anything--animals, parents, even rocks. Until one night, Miss Devel wakes up and runs downstairs to find that Frankenstein has lost his head!
ebook, 48 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
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Nancy
I loved Madeleine as a child. It was so French and tragic.

Well, along the same lines, little Frankenstein wakes up in the night and is found because something is not right. It is a little boy's dream book and a little girl's nightmare. Unsettling as it may seem to a mother or girlie stomach, my little boy loved it. We read it together, taking turns reading a page at a time. I enjoyed the parody. He has never read Madeleine which is tragic.

Although perfect for Halloween, I would add this to any
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Chris
A brilliant and funny parody of the classic MADELINE; this picture has all the right pieces---accurate parody, clever writing, spot-on and subtle illustrations. This could be used in a high school English class to teach the art of parody!
Trevor
When my kids brought this home from the library I was struck by the cover, which had a whiff of Ludwig Bemelmans' Madeline. It turned out this was the intent -- this monster book is an intentional parody of Madeline. Why, even the stamp on the cover says it is a CaldeNOT Horror Book.

For me, it didn't really work. The concept is promising, but the execution didn't work for me. The story itself is dull: a group of monsters, and Frankenstein loses his head ("Something is not right!"). But that's ab
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Megan Cureton
Frankenstein is a humor filled book that second and third graders would all get a kick from. I feel like this is the perfect book for children to read around Halloween time of course to get them in the Halloween spirit. This book has many pages that rhyme and I am a fan of children's books rhyming. I feel that the rhyming makes the children more interested in the book this way and I feel like it keeps the humor continuing by adding the rhyming. The illustrations are in great detail and are perfe ...more
Abby Spiel
Frankenstein by "Ludworst Bemonster," aka Rick Walton, is a great humorous, seasonal book to read to children when Halloween comes around. Miss Devel is the keeper of many monsters, goons, goblins and most importantly, Frankenstein. Frankenstein is the scariest monster in Miss Devel's castle and will scare anyone and anything from a pizza delivery man to rocks. One night, the castle is just too quiet so Miss Devel immediately thinks something is wrong. She goes down to the monster's room and fin ...more
Maggie Burgess
I felt let down by this book. The book is cute, don't get me wrong, but I didn't love it like I was so sure I would. I love the premise- playing off of Madeline, with a cute Halloween story. The actual result: similarities to Madeline, but it felt forced at times, way off at times, and the rhyme and rhythm also tripped me up at times. I would get it from the library and share it with a special child in your life. Not something I would come back to again and again.
Rocio Cazares
Frankenstein is a tragic story of a unloved creature. The story is based around both Victor Frankenstein and his creation. Victor is a quite interesting character because he had a normal childhood up until his mother passed away caring for Elizabeth. The effect of his mother's death is important because its the reason the creature came to be. When his creation was born he became scared of it. The monster searched for acceptance but never found it from anyone. He Then promises to kill of his crea ...more
S.K.
Only funny in that I recognized Madeline's story...but as far as a parody goes, meh. Seems like a book for boys, but would boys have read Madeline?

My daughters and I have the book Madeline so we read it right after and compared the artwork to the Frankenstein story. Loved the artwork!

Wish it was funnier.
Danielle Tropea dess
The expectation that I had for this book being one of my new favorites for a childrens Haloween book were high, yet I was intensly disappointed with how it ended.
Frankenstein is about a group of 12 "school children" who live in a boarding school. Frankenstein himself loses his head, and then gets it reattached with two shiny bolts which the other children come to admire so much, that they want bolts to attach their own heads to their bodies.
The majority of this story didn't make any sense to m
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Amanda Martinez Kirby
Madeline is one of my all time favorite children's books, and this is a great parody of it. Everything is spot on, I just love it! I can't wait to do this one for storytime.
Donalyn
A clever parody of the beloved classic. I recommend reading the original Madeline with children first, so they can compare the two.
Edward Sullivan
A fun parody of Madeleine, perfect for Halloween reading.
Jeanne
I picked up a copy of this at my local book store and couldn't resist reading it on the spot. If you're a fan of monsters and/or Halloween (whether you have kids or not) this is a purchase you won't regret.

This is a monster spin on the classic Madeline books, featuring a little Frankenstein as the mischievous troublemaker in the story. I am both a fan of monsters and I grew up on the Madeline books so I was in heaven. I giggled through the entire book, which got me more than a few sidelong star
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Barbara
In a spot-on parody of the children's classic Madeline, the authors take readers on a hilarious romp through the creepy Miss Devel's castle where twelve little monsters dwell. They cause all sorts of havoc whenever they leave the castle, but when Frankenstein loses his head one night, the others are jealous of the new head and new screws he gets in the laboratory. Although Miss Devel insists that the story is finished, the rest of the characters are disturbed at being left hanging without new he ...more
Katie Krimmel
This Frankenstein tale is nothing like the classic book by Mary Shelley. The cover may mislead you to think it’s the original story just kid friendly, but soon you’ll realize it is its own individual story. This book is about young Frankenstein and his monstrous friends and family who includes a mummy, a vampire, even a werewolf. Then one day something terrible happens to Frankenstein and his family tries to fix him, but after will he still be the same Frankenstein?

Rick Walton did a lovely job w
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Anna
I saw this on a Halloween display at Barnes and Noble and it looked too cute to ignore! So I borrowed it from the library. A fast read, I didn't realize it was a parody of Madeline! Haha! That makes it even better. I loved all the cute little monsters and reading about what they did. The story was funny and I loved how it wasn't quite resolved! Adorable. I'd love to read this to my kids one day.
priscilla
Such a cute idea & really amazing that the author's real name is Rick Walton, given the letters that begin & end Shelley's Frankenstein.

I feel like clinging to the original Madeline plot was too narrow, & I kind of missed the curious & sweet nature of most interpretations of Frankenstein's monster. I was also really disappointed that Walton didn't go with "Frankenstine"
Pati Mari
My second grade students and I absolutely loved this parody of Ludwig Bemelman's story Madeline. We read Madeline first and followed up a week later with Frankenstein. It lead to a great mini lesson on what a parody is and we had a good discussion comparing and contrasting the two books. This book made for a wonderfully fun read-aloud the week before Halloween.
Britteny Gilge
This book was nothing at all like I expected it to be. This book was about twelve monsters that leave the castle every night. When the monsters are out they yell, whine, and scare people. The author does do a great job at using rhyming in his story. I did not like the story at first until I made the connection that is was a Halloween parody on Madeleine. I liked that the illustrator used orange as the main color because it is a color a lot of kids think of when they think about colors that remin ...more
J. Bryce
Hard to know who this is intended for -- it's a parody of the original Madeleine book by Bemelmans (sp?), but with monsters rather than little girls. Doesn't really work, and the idea isn't all that clever ... but it's a cute read, I suppose.
Darby Allen
Summary: This book is a parody of the famous children's book Madeline. Frankenstein is the equivalent to Madeline, and he gets in the same sort of trouble with a monsterish twist. The monsters live in a castle, walk in two crooked lines, and Frankenstein even has to get surgery. This book is a great Halloween version of a classic.
Theme: Halloween, parody

This book would be great to read around Halloween time. I can't think of a particular lesson that would go along with it, but I think that in my
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Jireh Adalia
Love it.
Frankenstein : [a monstrous parody] / stories & pictures by Ludworst Bemonster ; [text by Rick Walton] ; [illustrations by Nathan Hale]. read from library
Sandy Q
The illustrations were very adorable, however I'm not entirely satisfied with the whole Madeline parody. At parts I felt like it was too forced. It was nice pick out of the library.
Li
Very cute Madeline parody with monsters.
The artwork made me smile.

Love the "take out their teeth" line.
:)
Maxine
We like monsters and we LOVE Madeline. This was a cute parody but lacked the lyrical fun quality of it's inspiration.
Dawn Van Ness
Very cute, done to the same rhyme style as "There was a little old house in Paris, all covered in vines..."
Amianne Bailey
Perfect way to teach high school kids the art of parody! And ANOTHER picture book inspired by FRANKENSTEIN!
Alicia
Parody on the book Madeline (probably have to be really familiar with Madeline to get it).
Cindy
This is a fun and gholish Parody of a classical favorite, Madaline. This story ishares what it is like to live in a creepy old castle for our twelve ugly monsters. They get to leave the castle each night where they yelled, whined, and scared peoples socks off. The auther has done a great job of paralleling the rhythm and pattering of Madaline. The illustrations are very well done in Halloween orange and do a great job of capturing the mood. Children will enjoy looking for those parallels as they ...more
Teri
hilarious! Especially delightful because we love Madeline so much!!! ...more
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Born and raised in Utah, Walton is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormon Church. He served as a missionary to Brazil from 1976 to 1978, soon after he graduated from high school. Later, at Brigham Young University, he became president of the Brazil Club. In 1980, he graduated from Brigham Young with a bachelor's degree in Spanish and a minor in Portuguese, the lang ...more
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