Sunday, October 03, 2010

Frankie Stein Starts School

I have been meaning to get to this for three weeks. Last month Goddess and I borrowed this from the library as we prepared for her first day of school.

Title: Frankie Stein Starts School
Written by: Lola M. Schaefer
Illustrated by: Kevan Atteberry

Frankie Stein looks nothing like his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Stein, or the spooky-looking kids at Miss Wart’s Academy for Ghouls & Goblins. His clean-cut looks make it hard for him to make friends. But Frankie knows a thing or two about being scary and he wins over the other kids, showing that popularity depends on more than how you look. Once again, Frankie Stein proves that he’s happiest when he’s true to himself.

What I Can Tell You:
The pages are fun and colorful. The story is cute! Frankie Stein looks like any normal boy in school however, he goes to a ghoul school. He is different looking that his classmates who are witches, vampires and skeletons.  After being teased and called names, Frankie is going to prove to his classmates that he can be as scary as them. He proves he can and everyone wants to be his friend.

While the lesson is obviously not about being scary in school to make friends and about accepting everyone and finding a way to fit in I wonder if the lesson is too broad for the age group.

"We don't like you," said Vinnie.

"Yeah," said Skelly. "You don't look like US!"

"So what?" said Frankie. "I can still be scary, even scarier than you. Watch and see!"

Regardless of the lesson it is a fun read nontheless and children will enjoy it. The pictures are cute but Skelly does creep me out a little.

Great for ages 4-8.

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