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A Crankenstein Valentine


3.85  ·  Rating details ·  805 ratings  ·  129 reviews
Even the crankiest monsters have hearts in this Valentine tale from fan favorite author Samantha Berger and Caldecott medalist illustrator Dan Santat.

Cheesy cards, allergy-inducing bouquets, and heart-shaped everything? YECHHHH! It's enough to turn anyone into a monster! An ordinary kid becomes Crankenstein on the most lovey-dovey, yuckiest day of the year: Valentine's Da
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published December 16th 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Dan Santat is the illustrator. I love his work. This story was cute. I love the hearts and red and pink and flowers and candy of Valentine's. I was still able to enjoy this book. This boy does not like anything about the day. He is Crankenstein. I love the Valentine's play. It turns out the best part of the day is finding someone who can relate to you - a friend.

The artwork was amazing and the story was entertaining. It ends up being a little touching. This is for younger readers.
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Crankenstein Valentine had me cracking up as I read it. Crankstein hates everything to do with Valentine's day including underwear with little hearts on it, coconut chocolate, roses, Valentine cards and garlands. Until he notices a female classmate that hates Valentine's day as much as he does.

Very cute and highly recommend.
Sadia Mansoor
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
YECH !!!! Hahahaha... hilarious! :D
This is the first time I heard about Crankenstein & love this new character. The book was funny with superb illustrations (Y)
I love how I always read Children's Literature & find something new everytime. Its always fun to discover new Literature, new authors, new characters & new story line ^_^

Here.. Enjoy reading :)
Michael Rank
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was doing a Valentine's Day family storytime at my job and wanted to find books that weren't your typical, mushy, gross, kissy-face, yechhhh, and Crankenstein was the perfect book for that. It's nearly an anti-Valentine's Day book for kids that still comes with a happy ending. The illustrations are amazing and the kids loved screaming "YECHHH!" in my face. I can't recommend it enough. ...more
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Crankenstein is back...feeling like a lot of people feel about Valentine's Day!!! Yechhh!!! With clever use of the end pages, it is nice to see that Crankenstein isn't alone on this LOVEly holiday. :) ...more
Miss Sarah
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Crankenstein is not very happy to be participating in all the valentine's day activities in his life but what will make him not cranky someone just like him. Liked that it showed many aspects of valentine's day.
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a fun book! I had to read it twice to make sure I had it right because the appearance of a second crankenstein confused me at first. This story makes St. Valentines Day less threatening for the romantically shy (for all ages too ;)
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just wait for the page with the pageant. Wait for it.

I cackled. This Crankenstien book is sure to be a hit during storytimes!
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Even better than the original!
Jan 13, 2017 rated it liked it
A hilarious twist for all those who despise Valentine's Day. ...more
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
The illustrations are the best!
Joyce Himmel
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
There is someone for everyone in this big, wide world.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Yechhhh! Who likes Valentine's Day? Only Crankenstein wouldn't like the pageantry and decorations and treats that represent the holiday. Or are there others? ...more
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
On Valentine's Day, I feel the same as you.

Such a sweet thing to say. But for Crankenstein, does the sentence hold true?
Stefanie Burns
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Funny story where Crankenstein does NOT like Valentine's Day. We see him doing all different Valentine's Day activities and his same response is, "Yechhh!" It's definitely a laugh out loud book for students. There are funny rhyming valentines and even heart underwear. I appreciate the the end pages have conversation hearts with more negative comments: cooties, blah, dry heave, scram, etc. In the end, Crankenstein finds someone who understands him. Santat is always a favorite of mine and his illu ...more
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story.
Valerie Doherty
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Valentine's Day may not be for everyone, unless you find a friend who may think like you do! ...more
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Valentine's Day turns a boy into a real cranky person on the outside - But deep down inside all he wants is a friend who understands how he truly feels. ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I love the title. I love the illustrations. The story was cute and a bit of a different concept than most Valentine's books. ...more
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's about a day when a boy turns into a grump because it is valentines day. He hates everything that he has to be involved in because everyone one is in the valentines mood until he met someone who felt the exact same way as him. Since then he was enjoying disliking valentines day with his friend, and now he can not wait until th next one which is 364 days later.
The book was filled wit red and pink for love and cuteness, and that is what he hated, i saw green an green usually means nature but
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Opening Moves
“As we talked about yesterday, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Raise your hand if you are excited for Valentine’s Day? [Children raise hands] Okay, now raise your hand if you are NOT excited for Valentine’s Day? [Wait for response] Well, today we are reading A Crankenstein Valentine by Samantha Berger. What do you notice about the character on the cover? [Children respond] It says Crankenstein here. What do you think that means? Do you think he is excited for Valentine’s
He's back, and he's crankier than ever! After all, it's Valentines! Crankenstein's new word of choice is "Yech!", and with all the love in the air, he has many opportunities to use it. Yet, there on the page is another green-skinned goblin, another who despises all the gushy, mushy stuff, and while love doesn't blossom, a friendship does. Once again this monstrous little child's story ends in a positive way. Absolutely everything about Crankenstein plays for laughs, especially the art. All of Cr ...more
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sometimes we just don’t want to participate in certain holidays! In this children’s book, a young boy doesn’t want to do all the normal Valentine’s Day activities, like acting in a Valentine’s Day pageant or making a Valentine’s Day paper chain. His bad mood is accented by the illustrator coloring him green and making him look like a little monster. His mood eventually improves when he finds a friend that also doesn’t like Valentine’s Day.

This is a great book for any kid that takes a dislike t
Stephanie Croaning
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, picture-books
Crankenstein is back in a Valentine's Day edition! The illustrations, by Dan Santat, are so wonderful! Santat is my favorite illustrator and I love the cute characters he creates. Crankenstein hates all things associated with Valentine's Day -- heart-shaped napkins and sandwiches, hearts on his underwear, chocolate boxes, and making Valentine cards. As you read the story, another green character appears in the illustrations, and you get the sense that Crankenstein might have a compatriot in his ...more
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I just read this book an hour ago and loved it. I run a non-profit Project Valentine. We give 500 - 600 gift bags each year to patients who are having chemo on or around Valentine's Day.
My children's hospital requested that one of the 6 yr old girls I will be delivering to is "not girlie" and could we please make her a boys bag.
While picking up gift certificates at our local book store Tattered Cover, this book caught my eye. I thought it would be perfect for this little gal who probably has to
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wish we'd had this one in when I did our Valentine's Day story time at the library. All of the choices were pretty gross (and heteronormative, but that's a tangent for another day). This was really cute and perfect for kids who think Valentine's Day is a puke-y annoying holiday. I also enjoyed that the central message is about friendship and not romance - especially as the wee ones can be a little squicked out/confused about the mushier books. But I think Valentine's enthusiasts will enjoy see ...more
Miss Ryoko
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I seriously can't get over Dan Santat's insanely awesome illustrations for these books! Loved it!!

The story was cute... while I found it slightly irritating because people who complain about Valentine's Day get on my nerves, I was happy to see that Crankenstein ended up enjoying the day with a friend, because to me, that's what Valentine's Day is about. It's not about a significant other, it's about celebrating all the people you love in your life. So that made me happy :)

But seriously, the illu
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
For a variety of reasons not all people enjoy this day of hearts, flowers, sweet treats and symbols of love. In fact some singular individuals find it disgusting. The green-faced grump we met and loved in Crankenstein has returned in A Crankenstein Valentine (Little, Brown and Company, December 16, 2014) written by Samantha Berger with illustrations by Dan Santat. His loathing for this day equals laughter for readers.

My full recommendation:
Dec 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Review originally posted on Children's Atheneum

Secretly, I think we all have a hidden Crankenstein within. Perhaps not towards Valentine's Day, but there has to be something that everyone else loves that you can't stand, but might come around under the right conditions. Of all the holidays though, I can understand why Crankenstein would be a little grumpy. A perfect book for storytime and full of craft ideas, this is a fun holiday book.
Sandra Guerfi
Jan 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
You may look forward to Valentine's Day and all the trimmings that go along with this celebration but the little boy in our story does not feel the same. Meet Crankenstein who quite frankly thinks Valentine's Day at school is just yucky. As the celebrations pick up and he is subjected to the lovey dovey goings on, Crankenstein is rearing up for a full blown meltdown. Can anything make this day any less awful? Will Crankenstein find no one to understand his terror at the sight of new heart covere ...more
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