He’s perhaps our most famous monster, even more so than Dracula. With his square green head, surgical scars, and the bolts in his neck, Frankenstein is easily recognizable to just about everyone. When I was a kid, he scared the beejeebers out of me, but now I’m a huge fan. If you want to save your children from the same fears I had growing up, then show them some of the books on this list. You’ll have plenty of fun reading together, and your little monsters won’t be having nightmares that Frankenstein is chasing them. It’s a spooky fun time and a win-win for both of you!

This poetry collection is absolutely hilarious! Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich tells the stories of various monsters dealing with rather mundane problems. Frankenstein wants a sandwich. Son of Dracula has to go to the dentist. The Invisible Man is getting a haircut. And in my personal favorite, the Phantom of the Opera is trying to write a song, but he has “It’s a Small World After All” stuck in his head and it’s driving him crazy!

He might look like a normal little boy, but every time something goes wrong, this kid turns into Crankenstein, a grumpy, green skinned monster. But, when Crankenstein meets another monstrous grouch, what will happen? An unmitigated disaster? Or perhaps, he’ll make a new friend?

If you and your little monster enjoyed this book, the fun continues in another Crankenstein adventure: A Crankenstein Valentine, where our green-skinned monster friend must deal with all the “yucky” things that come with Valentine’s Day, like flowers and hearts!

Does Frankenstein Get Hungry? This is one of the very important questions a little girl asks as she’s getting ready for bed. Like any sensible child, she’s scared of the monsters lurking in the darkness. But, instead of hiding under the covers, she decides to satisfy her curiosity. Does Dracula floss his fangs? Does the thing under the bed get lonely? With each question, her fears disappear and her confidence grows, reminding young readers that most monsters are not as scary as they first appear.

Growing up, nothing frustrated me more on Halloween than being told to bundle up. It’s cold out, Erin. Put on your coat! But, of course, that means that you won’t be able to see my costume! And that’s the same issue in this book. A young boy has the coolest Halloween costume, if only he can get out the door! The weather outside is less than pleasant, and mom and dad keep insisting on new additions to his costume. But, Frankenstein Doesn’t Wear Earmuffs! (Or a puffy jacket or a fanny pack…)


I'm the Reader's Advisory Librarian at WPPL. My interests include old horror films, classic novels, manga and anime, paper-crafting, and plants. If you like my suggestions, you can request personalized recommendations from me on My Librarian page.