Ingenuity and surprise rule in this funny and colorful companion to Red: A Crayon's Story written and illustrated by Michael Hall, the New York Times -bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo.
The crayons are ready to tell the thrilling tale of Frankencrayon .Read more...
Ingenuity and surprise rule in this funny and colorful companion to Red: A Crayon's Story written and illustrated by Michael Hall, the New York Times-bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo.
The crayons are ready to tell the thrilling tale of Frankencrayon. The costumes are made, the roles are cast, the pages are all set--but then disaster strikes. Someone has scribbled on the page Hideous Horrifying The story can't go on Try as they might, the crayons can't erase the scribble, and this picture book must be canceled. Until the crayons playing the title role of Frankencrayon think of a solution, that is. Michael Hall breaks borders and invites readers behind the scenes with his irresistible, clever style and bold artwork. A book about seeing beauty in unexpected places and the magic of storytelling.
- ISBN-13: 9780062252111
- ISBN-10: 0062252119
- Publisher: Greenwillow Books
- Publish Date: January 2016
- Page Count: 40
- Reading Level: Ages 4-8
- Dimensions: 11.7 x 8.6 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-10-12
- Reviewer: Staff
Like books about books, crayon stories seem to have become their own subgenre. Halls multilayered follow-up to Red: A Crayon Story belongs to both categories. A pencil narrates; its directing an all-crayon production of Frankencrayon. The creatureplayed by Purple, Green, and Orange, stacked precariously to monster height, with Greens head appropriately suturedand 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 its going, but the identity of the villain is kept secret until the final page. While the plot twists can get tricky to follow, Halls crisp-edged illustrations help keep things straight. Deadpan humor (its 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 48. Agent: Anna Olswanger, Olswanger Literary. (Jan.)