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Making Friends With Frankenstein (Poetry Picture Book) Paperback – 1 Jul 2000
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Are all these Silverstein-esque poems about monster's? No, but they pretty much all appeal to the young readers sense of humor. "Call a doctor/Call the vet!/I've just been bitten/By teacher's pet!" The grossest one to read aloud would probably be "Ogre My Dead Body! (The Ogre's Song" which goes a little something like this, "An wen I needs a midnite snack,/Heer them hewmin bones go CRACK!/CRACK, CRACK, midnite snack,/Heer them hewmin bones go CRACK!" OK, this might not make the best bed-time reading. Better save it for day-light.
And let me tell you about the accompanying artwork! The author notes that "I write my poems and do my drawings at the same time. That way, I can include some things in the pictures that I don't include in the text and vice versa." McNaughton's brilliant illustrations partner with his sometimes shocking, always funny, and generally perfectly-metered rhyme to make this book an oft-requested read. This is an ageless keeper.