Neil Numberman does a terrific job with his debut picture book, Do Not Build a Frankenstein! In this tale, a new kid gathers up the local children to warn them of the perils of building a Frankenstein, and the largest peril is that the Frankenstein is “pretty annoying.” Once the Frankenstein says he is going away, the narrator hurries to a new town to warn his peers, but at the very end, someone big and green shows up to play monster tag.
Upper-elementary children will enjoy this silly story and bright illustrations. This is also a good book to read if they have a friend who wants to play all of the time, because they may be able to relate to the narrator. Numberman writes, “Even when you try to ignore him, he keeps bothering you. ‘Can we play now?’” This unique monster story does not need to be saved for Halloween, but should be enjoyed any time of year.
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