Release Date: 9/27/2011
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About the Book: Rob never cleans his closet. Instead he tosses random junk and the books his mom gives him to read all into his closet. He even thinks that the beared man on his doorknob is a little weird, so he'd rather not think about his closet at all. Until one day a strange creature appears from the closet-it's Wonkenstein-half Willy Wonka, half Frankenstein. Rob needs to figure out a way to get the creature back where it belongs-and he might just discover reading along the way.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Author Obert Skye recently visited a local middle school and he obviously made an impression on the students because they have been asking for this series non-stop! I decided I had to see what all the talk was about.
The Creature From My Closet: Wonkenstein is a great start to a hilarious new series that is perfect for readers who love humor and illustrations (ala Wimpy Kid style) infused in their books. Poor Rob is just trying to get the creature back but he keeps encountering disinterested friends, strange neighbors, and Winkenstein keeps embarassing Rob in front of the girl he just might sort of be interested in.
There were several moments throughout the book that made me laugh out loud. I especially loved the middle school principal and his odd band and funny song lyrics. And of course, I loved the fact that the book ties in reading and books in a very clever way. The tween voice is spot on, the angst of middle school drama just right, and the humor perfect for all ages.
I did think that at times the illustrations were added just to add in an illustration, but it's a format that gets tweens reading, so I was able to overlook it easily enough. I also had a hard time keeping Rob's friends apart, but that's pretty minor and didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book.
Perfect for fans of Diary of A Wimpy Kid, there's more fun to come with a second book in the series, Potterwookie. My library tweens have loved this series and I think it's a book that you could hand to any tween (or parent) and they'd get a kick out of it.
Book Pairings: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, Herbert's Wormhole by Peter Nelson and Rohitash Rao, Tales of a Sixth Grade Muppet by Kirk Scroggs
Full Disclosure: Checked out from my local library