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A Crankenstein Valentine by Samantha Berger, Dan Santat

A Crankenstein Valentine

Written by Samantha Berger, Dan Santat
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A Crankenstein Valentine by Samantha Berger, Dan Santat

The world's crankiest kid returns to take on the most lovey-dovey day of the year: Valentine's Day. How will Crankenstein survive a day of cheesy cards, allergy-inducing bouquets, and heart-shaped everything? It's enough to turn anyone into a monster! Find out in the follow-up to the picture book the New York Times calls hilarious!


The text of this book is simple but effective: Crankenstein, who is green and none too pretty, but distinctly boy-like, never says a proper English word, but responds to all cheerful questions with loud monster-speak noises. Berger...has a well-honed sense of comic timing that little kids find hilarious, and 'Crankenstein,

's crabby mood, Santat uses a lot of sickly brown and green. But just when the reader has had about enough of that putrid palette, Crankenstein meets another monster, and like two negative numbers, they come together to make something positive. As temperaments brighten, so too do Santat's scenes, which are suddenly sunny. For the sake of Crankenstein's poor parents, let's hope the weather holds!

About the Author

Samantha Berger is a former editor at Scholastic Books and VP of Animation Extra Content at Nickelodeon. She has written over seventy books, including Martha Doesn't Share, Martha Doesn't Say Sorry, and Crankenstein. She lives in New York with her dog, Polly Pocket. Dan Santat is the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Because I'm Your Dad and the author/illustrator of Sidekicks and the winner of the Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators for Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) by Mac Barnett. Dan is also the illustrator of Beekle and Crankenstein. He lives in Los Angeles.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


Samantha Berger, Dan Santat
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Publication date

22nd December 2015



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