Frankencrayon by Michael Hall


Written by Michael Hall
Illustrated by Michael Hall


Frankencrayon by Michael Hall

Ingenuity and surprise rule in this funny and colorful companion to Red: A Crayon's Story written and illustrated by Michael Hall, the New York Times-bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo. The crayons are ready to tell the thrilling tale of Frankencrayon. The costumes are made, the roles are cast, the pages are all set-but then disaster strikes. Someone has scribbled on the page! Hideous! Horrifying! The story can't go on! Try as they might, the crayons can't erase the scribble, and this picture book must be canceled. Until the crayons playing the title role of Frankencrayon think of a solution, that is. Michael Hall breaks borders and invites readers behind the scenes with his irresistible, clever style and bold artwork. A book about seeing beauty in unexpected places and the magic of storytelling.


A just-for-fun mash-up of monster movie references and schoolroom shenanigans...Hall's genius application of crayon drawings and cut-paper collage creates a product that any child could see himself making, and that's how artists and authors are born. A monstrously entertaining read. -- School Library Journal (starred review) The bright cut-paper crayons hold a running commentary as a humorous Greek chorus, and the scribble's appearance against both black and white backgrounds adds striking visuals, effectively supporting the ultimate message of inclusion and creative problem solving. -- Booklist Hall fills his story within a story with intrigue, theater, and a whole lot of silly. ...The illustrations are compelling, with cut-paper crayons and a variety of textures and typefaces. -- Kirkus Reviews This book's complex plot-within-a-plot structure provides punchy entertainment to keep readers engaged throughout and offers inspiration for thinking about theater, bookmaking, and storytelling. -- The Horn Book A lot of will grab and hold the attention of many little characters who like to play monsters.


About the Author

Michael Hall grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where autumn was memorable for football, floats, caramel apples, and spectacular colors. He is the creator of several acclaimed picture books for children, including Frankencrayon, Red: A Crayon's Story, My Heart Is Like a Zoo, Perfect Square, and It's an Orange Aardvark! Michael Hall now lives with his family in Minneapolis, Minnesota-another city that shimmers in the fall.

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40 pages


Michael Hall
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Greenwillow Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Inc

Publication date

25th January 2016



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