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A Crankenstein Valentine - by Samantha Berger - image 1 of 1
A Crankenstein Valentine - by Samantha Berger - image 1 of 1
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  • Even the crankiest monsters have hearts in this monstrously funny Valentine tale from fan favorite author Samantha Berger and bestselling, award-winning illustrator Dan Santat.
  • 4-8 Years
  • 12.1" x 9.4" Hardcover
  • 40 Pages
  • Juvenile Fiction, Holidays & Celebrations
  • Series Name: Crankenstein


About the Book

A boy who looks ordinary transforms into grumbling Crankenstein on what he sees as the most lovey-dovey, yuckiest day of the year.

Book Synopsis

Even the crankiest monsters have hearts in this monstrously funny Valentine tale from fan favorite author Samantha Berger and bestselling, award-winning illustrator Dan Santat.

An ordinary kid becomes Crankenstein on the most lovey-dovey, yuckiest day of the year: Valentine's Day. Cheesy cards, allergy-inducing bouquets, and heart-shaped everything? YECHHHH! It's enough to turn anyone into a monster!

In this third entry into the beloved Crankenstein series, see if our grumpy little hero can make a sour day sweet and find a little love in his heart!

Don't miss the other books about Crankenstein!
Trick or Treat, Crankenstein

Review Quotes

"Berger...has a well-honed sense of comic timing that little kids find hilarious."--New York Times Online

Praise for Crankenstein: "Expect many re-read requests from Crankensteins who may (or may not) recognize themselves."--Publishers Weekly

Praise for A Crankenstein Valentine:
"A humorous story... My 5-year-old has me reading this book to her again and again."
--The New York Times

"Caldecott winner Dan Santat's illustrations are hilarious, expressive, slightly gross, and absolutely delightful."
--Charlotte Parent

"Sometimes-when you have to go to school, when you have to take cough syrup-all there is to say is "MEHHRRRR!"... This is a No, David! for slightly older kids..."--The Horn Book

"Whoa. Be prepared for the intense frustrations, the moody outbursts and the green scowls of Crankenstein...Each setting reveals sly comic elements that both kids and their grown-ups will appreciate. Readers will laugh out loud...Get ready to read this aloud a lot." --Kirkus Reviews

"Will the creature ever turn from "MEHHRRRR!" to merry? Youngsters will roar along with Crankenstein through this silly and sympathetic story of grumpy-grouchies."--School Library Journal

About the Author

Samantha Berger has written picture books including Crankenstein, A Crankenstein Valentine, and Trick or Treat, Crankenstein; What If..., Rock What You Got, Snail Mail, and Martha Doesn't Say Sorry, which won a Parent's Choice Award Honor. When she isn't writing, she's doing voice-overs, traveling the world, and helping rescue dogs. Samantha splits her time between New York City and California.

Dan Santat is the author and artist of the Caldecott Award-winning The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend and the National Book Award-winning A First Time for Everything, as well as the New York Times bestsellers Are We There Yet? and After the Fall. He has also illustrated many titles, including Drawn Together by Minh Lê, The Alphabet's Alphabet by Chris Harris, and the Crankenstein series by Samantha Berger. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and two dogs. He can be found online at

Dimensions (Overall): 12.1 Inches (H) x 9.4 Inches (W) x .3 Inches (D)
Weight: 1.1 Pounds
Suggested Age: 4-8 Years
Number of Pages: 40
Series Title: Crankenstein
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Holidays & Celebrations
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Theme: Valentine's Day
Format: Hardcover
Author: Samantha Berger
Language: English
Street Date: December 16, 2014
TCIN: 16310507
UPC: 9780316376389
Item Number (DPCI): 247-30-8885
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Shipping details

Estimated ship dimensions: 0.3 inches length x 9.4 inches width x 12.1 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 1.1 pounds
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5.0 out of 5 stars with 1 reviews

Beautiful book.

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Babs - 1 year ago
Haven’t had a chance to read it to the boys yet as it just arrived.. but the illustrations alone exceeded my expectations.
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