Frankenstink will delight and teach young readers

Frankenstink!: Garbage Gone Bad
By Ron Lightburn
$12.99, hardcover, 32 pp.
Tundra Books, March 2015

FrankenstinkSometimes it seems like clutter has a life of its own, but imagine if that were literally the case. That’s the premise of Ron Lightburn’s humorous and cautionary picture book Frankenstink!: Garbage Gone Bad.

Written in rhyming couplets, Frankenstink! tells the story of a young boy who has allowed the mess under his bed to get out of control. Mysterious conditions involving the perfect confluence of gross smells and warm temperature cause a monster to spring to life and head out in search of garbage to fill its hungry belly.

Lightburn is an award-winning illustrator. He has created vibrant, comic book art style pictures and a playful glow-in-the-dark cover that will appeal to reluctant readers. While the depiction of the monster is actually pretty scary, the story ends on a note that makes it clear there is actually nothing to fear.

The lip-slippery language in the book makes it a fun story to share out loud, and young readers will be both challenged and delighted by evocative words such as “kasplooey” and “kerplunk”.

The book delivers a message about taking care of the environment, both in the wider sense and in our personal spaces, but humour keeps the story from feeling at all preachy.

Frankenstink!: Garbage Gone Bad
By Ron Lightburn
$12.99, hardcover, 32 pp.
Tundra Books, March 2015

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Kate Watson is the theatre reviewer for The Coast, a freelance writer, and coordinator of the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award. She has a keen interest in municipal politics, community-building and twitter. Follow her @DartmouthKate.

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