Friday, May 4, 2012
Wonkenstein (The Creature from My Closet #1)
Christy Ottaviano, 2011
April 7th, 2012
Genre: Fantasy, Humor
Description: Rob is a twelve-year-old underachiever. His mom, who used to work in a bookstore, always tries to get him to read but he always just throws the books she gives him into the bottom of his closet—the very same closet he once tried to turn into a science lab for experiments. One night he hears some odd sounds and a small, weird creature pops out of his closet. His best friend, Trevor, recognizes the creature as a mish-mash of two famous literary characters—Willy Wonka and Frankenstein’s creature. To understand the creature better, Rob reads both books and finds he enjoys them. Wonkenstein ends up causing some havoc but in the end Rob ends up enjoying his company so when Wonk says he has to go back into the closet Rob is sad to see his new friend go. That is until the closet starts making more weird sounds and spits out Potterwookiee (who will be the focus of the sequel in September).
Opinion: A fun book in the line of Wimpy Kid, Popularity Papers, and Vordak—it’s an illustrated novel. This one is actually done in all blue ink. It is a great choice for reluctant readers and guys. It has great humor, some weird illustrations, and with the mix of Harry Potter and Star Wars in the sequel people will want it.