Children's author Samantha Berger just came out with a new "Crankenstein" book for February, A Crankenstein Valentine. See what happens to an ordinary kid on the yuckiest, most lovey-dovey day of the year... Valentine's Day! Cheesy cards, smelly flowers, and heart-shaped everything? It's enough to turn any kid into a Valentine monster! Yuck!!! Until...
Crankenstein meets someone just like him... someone who gets him... someone who turns his sour day into a sweet one. And we find out, even monsters have a heart. :)
I think the boys in my class will love this story, especially since they think this is such a "girly" holiday. Much of the book is written in speech bubbles and the main character repeats his dialogue often, so I know the kids will have fun joining in every time he snarls "Yechhhh!"
To extend the literacy learning around this book, I created a few response activities where students can practice thinking about:
• character traits
• text evidence
• how a character's feelings change over time, and why
• how the story might continue, creating a "Part 2" narrative
You can find it HERE.
Do you have a favorite Valentine's Day book recommendation?
Happy teaching! :)