The Resource Frankencrayon, Michael Hall

Frankencrayon, Michael Hall

Label
Frankencrayon
Title
Frankencrayon
Statement of responsibility
Michael Hall
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
If the crayons cannot stop the scribble monster, this picture book and the play "Frankencrayon" may have to be canceled
Tone
Writing style
Character
Illustration
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 1 Hall returns to the world of anthropomorphic crayons with this delightful Halloweeny jaunt. This time, though, the crayons are prepared to put on their own version of Frankenstein. The roles have been cast, and the pencil is ready to narrate when a giant scribble appears! Though the crayons try to scrub it away, they only make it bigger. It seems there’s no recourse but to cancel the book (and the show), but wait: three crayons taped together for the starring role of the Frankencrayon monster didn’t get the memo, and they have been waiting patiently on page 22 for their big entrance. Thinking quickly, they draw a mouth and some legs for the scribble and send it on its way, and the show goes on. As in Red: A Crayon’s Story (2015), 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. -- Reagan, Maggie (Reviewed 12-15-2015) (Booklist, vol 112, number 8, p58)
  • /* Starred Review */ PreS-Gr 2 — A mysterious red scribble marks the beginning of the end for a picture book, and the story of its cancellation and the ensuing fallout is related from the perspective of a pencil and some crayon characters. Hall has had great success with crayons before. In Red: A Crayon's Story (HarperCollins, 2014), he explored self-acceptance and judgment. This time he writes a just-for-fun mash-up of monster movie references and schoolroom shenanigans, while skewering literary conventions. As the narrator takes readers through the lead-up to the cancelled book (never ask a crayon to do the job of an eraser), there are breaks in the proscenium and characters are sent to later parts of the story to wait for their cues. Frankencrayon himself is three crayon stubs put together: green for the head, orange for the midsection, and purple for the bottom. 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. VERDICT A monstrously entertaining read.—Lisa Lehmuller, Paul Cuffee Maritime Charter School, Providence, RI --Lisa Lehmuller (Reviewed December 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 12, p90)
  • Like books about books, crayon stories seem to have become their own subgenre. Hall’s multilayered follow-up to Red: A Crayon Story belongs to both categories. A pencil narrates; it’s directing an all-crayon production of Frankencrayon. The creature—played by Purple, Green, and Orange, stacked precariously to monster height, with Green’s head appropriately sutured—and the other crayons have just discovered bright red notices stamped on the pages: “This picture book has been canceled.” Earlier, the lights went out and an angry red scribble appeared across the page. Who is the book defacer? The crayons’ attempts to cover the scribble only make it worse. Some imaginative crayoning helps the scribble get where it’s going, but the identity of the villain is kept secret until the final page. While the plot twists can get tricky to follow, Hall’s crisp-edged illustrations help keep things straight. Deadpan humor (it’s easy to imagine the costumed crayons saying their lines in flat, expressionless tones) and nested realities (the theatrical production, the world of the crayons, the book as a physical object) make for clever, provocative entertainment. Ages 4–8. Agent: Anna Olswanger, Olswanger Literary. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed October 12, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 41, p)
  • Personified crayons and a pencil, thespians all, re-enact the cancellation of their book, while Hall fills his story within a story with intrigue, theater, and a whole lot of silly. An "official notice" greets readers, urging them to abandon this book, while a cancellation stamp mars the title page. When the cast-member crayons realize a reader is turning the page, the pencil breaks the fourth wall and starts to recount what went wrong with their production of Frankencrayon. It began at rehearsal, with a mysterious scribble, which the crayons try to erase but only make bigger. When the play is canceled, three crayons help the scribble to independence by drawing feet and a face. Reflecting on these events, the crayons and pencil realize lessons learned ("Even a messy scribble can be a lovely thing"), and all ends well...until: "Screeeeeetch!" The villain behind the scribble is revealed! Hall, as usual, plays with both narrative and its visual representation. The illustrations are compelling, with cut-paper crayons and a variety of textures and typefaces. However, the stretch to innovate and interact leads to a story composed of many varied parts, which often complicate rather than clarify. And while different types help identify which character is speaking (and when), the textual busyness on top of this visually reductive story can be confusing. With very careful repeat reads, this challenging tale may pay off, especially if readers choose to put on a play of their own. (dramatis personae) (Picture book. 5-8)(Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10464732
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1954-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hall, Michael
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.H1472
LC item number
Fr 2016
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Crayons
  • Monsters
  • Books and reading
  • Crayons
  • Monsters
  • Books and reading
  • Humorous stories
  • Books and reading
  • Crayons
  • Monsters
Target audience
primary
Label
Frankencrayon, Michael Hall
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn910085726
Dimensions
30 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780062252111
Lccn
2015012164
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)910085726
Label
Frankencrayon, Michael Hall
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn910085726
Dimensions
30 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780062252111
Lccn
2015012164
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)910085726

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