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Frank was a monster who wanted to dance

by Graves, Keith.

Format: Print Book 1999
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 6 copies
Available (6)
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Hampton Community Library Holiday HOLIDAY E GRAVES
Location  Hampton Community Library
Collection  Holiday
Jefferson Hills Public Library Seasonal E FIC GRA
Location  Jefferson Hills Public Library
Collection  Seasonal
Call Number  E FIC GRA
Monroeville Public Library Juvenile Picture Books J E GRAVES
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Picture Books
Call Number  J E GRAVES
Oakmont Carnegie Library Easy Fiction E GR
Location  Oakmont Carnegie Library
Collection  Easy Fiction
Call Number  E GR
Pleasant Hills Public Library Picture Book Juv Pict Gra
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
Collection  Picture Book
Call Number  Juv Pict Gra
Wilkinsburg Public Library Picture Books E GRA IMAGINARY CREATURES
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library
Collection  Picture Books
Frank was a monster who wanted to dance. So he put on his hat, and his shoes made in France...and opened a jar and put ants in his pants! So begins this monstrously funny, deliciously disgusting, horrifyingly hilarious story of a monster who follows his dream. Keith Graves' wacky illustrations and laugh-out-loud text will tickle the funny bone and leave readers clamoring for an encore.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 4^-7. In rhyme and gloriously putrid color, we follow Frank the monster as he achieves his dream: "I know I could boogie if they gave me a chance," he muses, sitting at home in his rat-slippers. So he puts on his hat and his shoes (from France), opens a jar of ants and sprinkles them in his pants, and proceeds to the theater. The audience loves him, but his head, which looks like an acid-green baseball with a zipper, comes undone, spilling out his purplely brain. The grossed-out audience departs as Frank loses an arm and an eyeball. Just the ticket for a collection that might be leaning too much toward the sweet and proper. This is a close cousin to Boogie Bones, written by Elizabeth Loredo and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes (1997). --GraceAnne A. DeCandido"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Ghoulish gross-outs abound in this one-joke ditty about a zombie's big break in showbiz. The opening spread pictures Frank at home, relaxing to an episode of Soul Train and accompanied by a patchwork monster-cat. Frank doesn't look like a hoofer. He's comprised of a skull-like green head (zippered around the top), a bulbous blue nose, glowing yellow eyes and skeletal limbs. Nonetheless, he has a dream, and to fulfill it, "He drove to the theater/ and jumped onstage./ Then he danced like his shoe size instead of his age!" During his performance, however, Frank makes a faux pas. His brain, complete with worms and flies, accidentally oozes onto the boards, "And after his arm/ fell out of his sleeve,/ the horrified audience/ started to leave." Newcomer Graves pays generic, goofy homage to Frankenstein and to 1960s-era hot-rod art. He goes heavy on the purple, electric blue and Astroturf green in his polished, nearly 3-D compositions of acrylic and colored pencil. Even the hand-lettered text, with its occasional incorporation of worms, bulging eyes, etc., contributes to the expansion of the punchline, which will likely hit primary graders' funny bones. Ages 2-up. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Monsters -- Fiction.
Dance -- Fiction.
Stories in rhyme.
Publisher San Francisco, Calif. :Chronicle Books,1999
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780811821698
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