Robot Zombie Frankenstein! by Annette Simon
Two robots who are friends try to out-do each other as they dress in costumes. It starts out with Robot Zombie and goes on from there, until they each have pirate hats, eye patches, capes, chef hats, space helmets, and much much more. By the end, the two of them look very silly, dressed in all of that gear. The competition continues until one robot pulls out a cherry pie and the two friends decide to drop the costume competition and share a treat.
A large part of the appeal of this book are the illustrations. They have white backgrounds that really make the bright-colored shapes pop against them. Simon uses simple shapes, wild colors and lots of creativity to make costumes for these characters. Along the way, she shows just how little it takes to evoke a character, sometimes only a few stitches on the head, or a cape around the shoulders.
The writing takes a backseat here, simply supporting the wild antics in the images. Its use of popular subjects like zombies and robots will get young readers to pick up this book. The cover completely drew in my son, who just had to read this book immediately.
Halloween story times can be tricky, and this is just the right story to add to your not-scary-at-all version for the youngest listeners. It’s also a book with plenty of humor and zip that will appeal to any youngster who enjoys a good giggle and a great costume. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
Reviewed from copy received from Candlewick Press.