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Frankie Stein

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  204 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Frankie Stein comes into the world on a bright, sunny day. He’s not at all like his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank N. Stein. They’re scary looking. He’s cute. They try to make him look like them. They can’t. But he does end up being scary—just in his own way! Kevan Atteberry’s digital illustrations lend a hand to this family-friendly story perfect for a Halloween read aloud.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Two Lions
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Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidstuff, halloween
Something is wrong with the Stein's baby! It's . . . cute!?!


With his peachy-pink skin, and golden hair . . . oh, how will they ever make him look scary?

I wasn't wild about the illustrations, but the story, and the message about being yourself, more than made up for that.

David Schaafsma
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Thanks to Melki for her review that led me to read this book, which reminded me of Katherine Dunn's Geek Love. Geek Love is a about a couple of freaks in a freak show who value differences from the "norm," since the more grotesque their children are, the more successful they are in the freak show. It's a crazy allegory about difference and the contextual nature of value and beauty.

Frankie is born to the Frankensteins, and to their horror, he appears humanly conventional, not scary. But Frankie h
Brandi North
Cute Halloween story. The Frankie Stein's did not enjoy that their first born son did not look like them so they tried everything to make him look like them until one day when Frankie wanted to be scary himself. He scared his parents so he could be the person he wanted to be and not what they tried to make him be! Cute story!
Frankenstein and his bride have a baby who is cute rather than monstrous. At first they attempt to alter this appearances, so that he resembles them, but in the end they accept Frankie as a different kind of scary.

This is a movie monster twist the classic tale of parents whose child is different from the other members of their family. Their first impulse is to try to make the child fit in with the rest of the family. But after this fails, they usually come to terms with the child's differences a
I like that Frankenstein is in it.
Hallie Jackson
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
3.5 stars. It runs a little too wordy for preschool storytime but the theme of acceptance and being true to yourself would be a nice one. Likely a fun Halloween read.
Rommel Sison
6-year-old daughter: 4 stars
4-year-old daughter: 3 stars
Jen (Book Den)
Frankie Stein was my son's library pick this past week. It turned out to be a really cute Halloween read.

Frankie Stein was born into a family with a long history of being scary. Cute little Frankie Stein didn't look scary at all so Mr. and Mrs. Stein set out to help Frankie fit in.

In the end, Frankie turned out to be the scariest Stein of all just by being himself. (As it turns out, hugs and kisses and cuteness will stop a monster right in his tracks!)

The illustrations in Frankie Stein were a
Brenda Kimble
Frankie Stein was a really cute story his parents were monsters with green faces and they dressed scary. When Frankie was born he did not resemble his parents at all. He looked like a human. This upset his parents so as he grew up they made changes to his appearance toe scare to make him look scary. No matter how hard they worked to make their son scary. Frankie tried to be scary with no success. He decided to be scary in his own way. Since monsters were not friendly and are not used to affectio ...more
Kallie Krammes
This was a Halloween inspired story about a child who was not exactly fitting into the mold that his parents wanted him to. The story is engaging for children and can be used as a good real aloud for entertainment. The message behind the story is that people can be unique and do not have to act just like someone wants them to. This story is about accepting others as being different and still caring about them.
Diana Hanke
Dec 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Frankie Stein tells the story of Mr and Mrs. Frank N. Stein's first born child. The problem? He has beautiful white teeth, beautiful white skin, and golden hair. Mr. and Mrs. Frank N. Stein do all they can to make him look and act like a Stein. It isn't until Frankie decides to be himself that he really fits into the family. This is a very cute book and a great addition to Halloween collections.
Stephanie Davis
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
I did not enjoy this book. Mr. and Mrs. Frank N. Stein have a child who looks nothing like them. They try to change the child, Frankie, to look and act like them. As much as Frankie tried, that was not who he was, though. The one aspect of this book that I liked was the theme of originality. Frankie wanted to be himself and not what anyone else wanted him to be.
Jen H.
Aug 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: halloween-books
Frankie Stein is not like his parents. They are scary looking and he is cute. They try to make his scary but they just can't. In the end, he finds his own way to be scary. Cute Halloween story that will make kids laugh.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Oct 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A humorous story about Mr. & Mrs. Frank N Stein whose son does not look scary like them. I chuckled throughout and young children will get a kick out of the way the parents try to get their son to be scary like them.
Oct 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for that perfect kid-friendly Halloween read aloud book, look no further! Frankie Stein is an unforgettable humorous tale of individuality and acceptance of oneself and also of others.

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Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thus book is a delight! Not only is it well written but the illustrations are too cute, but it's more than that. It's the message that each of us is born just the way we are supposed to be. So be yourself it's what you're best at!
Apr 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: K-2nd
Mr. & Mrs. Stein are shocked when their child is born looking cute instead of frightening. They try to make him scarier, until he figures out a way to really scare his parents... A cute story about finding your place in a family.
Kelsi Bowman
This is a fun book about how a character can be different and embrace their uniqueness. There is a twist from the usual or traditional Franken Stein story because the parents are monsters and the little boy is a typical human.
Mary Dye
This was an interesting book for me to read, because it was all about parents that did not accept their child. I feel like even though this was meant to be more along the lines of humor, but for a child who isn't accepted by their parents or caregivers might take this book seriously and be hurt.
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a cute book to illustrate the idea that everybody is different and unique in their own way. This book would be good to use for younger grades and maybe even for students who had been adopted and don't look like their parents.
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Very cute book about the son of Frank N. Stein and his wife who just isn't like his parents. They try all they can to make him like them, but he surprises them in the end by wanting to just be himself. The illustrations are great and my classes loved hearing this story.
Mar 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Frank really liked this book, possibly just because his name is Frank.
Nov 20, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: kiddies
Shelves: picture-books
Crappy computer art but I enjoyed that being "normal" meant being the most frightening of all. Subversive, much?
Jan 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Cute and change of ending than expected. The third graders I read it to loved it and the way it ended.
Apr 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. Fun for Halloween. Frankie doesn't quite fit into his family until he finds his own way to be scary.
Liz Todd
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
A good book about being different in a family, kind of silly, but fun.
Oct 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Such a cute Halloween book--a holiday favorite in our home!
Ashley McCarten
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Story

My six year old thought this was a funny book. He didn't believe the boy was their son.
He also liked the illustrations.
Apr 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Great fun! Monsters have a "normal" son and try without luck to monsterize him. Would be good for monster storytime or one scheduled in October, although dare us not say Halloween!
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