Friday, July 30, 2010

"Frankenstein Makes A Sandwich" & "Frankenstein Takes The Cake" by Adam Rex

These wonderfully illustrated and cleverly written books spring from the slightly twisted and monster-loving mind of Adam Rex.

My very good friend Tim gave these both to my daughter last year and while they may be considered "kids' books", I think I dig 'em even more than the baby! They feature the Frankenstein monster character, as well as Dracula, Creature, The Bride, Wolfman and many other wonderfully kooky horror and monster characters.

To give you a taste of what to expect, check out the author's bio from his official site:

Adam Rex grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, the middle of three children. He was neither the smart one (older brother) or the cute one (younger sister), but he was the one who could draw. He took a lot of art classes as a kid, trying to learn to draw better, and started painting when he was 11. Later he got a BFA from the University of Arizona, and met his physicist wife Marie (who is both the smart and cute one).

Adam and Marie live in Tucson, where Adam draws, paints, writes, spends too much time on the internet, and listens to public radio. Adam is nearsighted, bad at all sports, learning to play the theremin, and usually in need of a shave. He can carry a tune, if you don't mind the tune getting dropped and stepped on occasionally. He never remembers anyone's name until he's heard it at least three times. He likes animals, spacemen, Mexican food, Ethiopian food, monsters, puppets, comic books, 19th century art, skeletons, bugs, and robots.

His first picture book, THE DIRTY COWBOY by Amy Timberlake, was published by FSG in 2003. His picture book FRANKENSTEIN MAKES A SANDWICH, a collection of stories about monsters and their problems, was a New York Times Bestseller. 2007 saw the release of his first novel, THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY. His second, a book for teens and adults called FAT VAMPIRE, will be published in July 2010.

Garlic and crosses are useless against Adam. Sunlight has been shown to be at least moderately effective. A silver bullet does the trick. Pretty much any bullet, really.

I really think that all you Halloween and classic Universal monster fans will love these books. Again, if you're looking for some special gifts - for kids of all ages -definitely check these out!

1 comment:

  1. That's so cool! I've never seen kids' books like that. The artwork is first rate from the looks of the covers.