Thursday, December 4, 2014
A Halloween Straggler: Frankenstein's Cat
Frankenstein's Cat by Curtis Jobling: Ben suggested this book to me after he read it at school - we couldn't find it at the library, so I ordered it on-line and unfortunately it didn't arrive until after Halloween - but fortunately, the kids don't seem to care and it is has been in the daily rotation for the past couple weeks. Frankenstein's Cat is kind of a sad little tale about a cat put together by Dr. Frankenstein, before he made the monster. The cat is made, in part, from a smelly alley cat, which makes the cat smell. As a result no one wants to be his friend, so he asks Dr. Frankenstein to make him a friend - with disastrous results. The basic gist of the story makes me a little uncomfortable - everyone being mean to the cat because he smells. But, the illustrations are colorful and the story a bit silly - so the kids seem really drawn to it, and haven't seemed to adopt the idea of teasing each other for smelling or anything like that, so I think I will give this a tentative thumbs-up endorsement. At least for the Halloween fun, if not for any deeper moral reason.