Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Little Crooked Bookshelf (With a Giveaway!)

by Samantha Berger
illustrated by Dan Santat

What it's all about . . .
He may look like any ordinary kid, but when faced with a rainy day, a melting popsicle, or an early bedtime, one little boy transforms into a mumbling, grumbling Crankenstein! 

Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf . . .
It's a clever, original take on a grouchy book. Samantha Berger's writing is crisp and funny, and Dan Santat's bold illustrations add to the humor of each cranky moment. Also, *spoiler alert!* we love that the book ends by celebrating the absurdity inherent in any serious case of the grumps.

Our favorite line . . .

Our favorite illustration. . .

Why kids will love it . . .
Kids will giggle at the various scenarios that bring about Crankenstein's grouchy moods. Plus, Santat packs each spread with delightful details to discover upon repeat readings. Also: MEHHRRRR!!! is fun to say.

Why grown-ups will love it . . .
What parent hasn't experienced a cranky kid? Or felt the same way themselves? We're guessing the author writes from experience on this one, because her capturing of the essence of kid crankiness is spot-on hilarious. 

ENTER TO WIN A COPY SIGNED BY ILLUSTRATOR DAN SANTAT!  Leave a comment in the section below telling us one thing that turns YOU into Crankenstein! We'll announce the winner on Wednesday, October 22nd.


  1. Being cold makes me cranky. I'm cold right now.....MEHHRRRR!!

  2. Being hungry makes me cranky! Is it lunch time yet? ....MEHHHR!

  3. I get cranky when I forget something. Like where did I put my keys, or where are my gloves! Makes me very cranky.

  4. I get Hangry when I forget to eat!

  5. Being tired, everything sets me off when I'm sleepy. Hey grown-ups need naps too.

  6. Hostile confrontations make me cranky.

  7. Being very tired makes me VERY cranky!

  8. MEHRRR! The winner of the signed copy of Crankenstein is ... Michelle! Congratulations, Michelle! Please email us your mailing address, and we'll send your prize.

    Thanks to all who participated! Stay tuned for more giveaways.