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Book Review: Frankenstink! Garbage Gone Bad – by Ron Lightburn

Frankenstink! Garbage Gone Bad

Book: Frankenstink! Garbage Gone Bad
Author/Illustrator: Ron Lightburn
Publisher: Tundra Books
Date: March 10, 2015
Genre: Picture Book for ages 4-8
Pages: 32
Price: $19.99 CD; $17.99 US
My Rating: an excellent environmental adventure young readers will enjoy

 

 

Frankenstink! Garbage Gone Bad is written and illustrated by Ron Lightburn of Nova Scotia, Canada. I was privileged to meet Ron at his book signing in April and was delighted that he personalized a copy of Frankenstink! for me and one for my grandson. Although my grandson is almost ten I know he will enjoy this book – which I am giving him for his birthday in June, if I can wait that long!

First of all, look at that cover, shown above. It glows in the dark!

Frankenstink! Garbage Gone Bad.back cover<– And look at the back cover shown here.  Isn’t this impressive?

 

 

 

 

 

 

In fact, the book jacket is a poster! How cool is that!

Frankenstink! Garbage Gone Bad.poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ron Lightburn is well established internationally as an illustrator, however, this is the first book he both wrote and illustrated. He told me it was a long wait until it was picked up by a publisher but it’s worth it.

Written in fun rhyme, Frankenstink! is the story of a little boy who would not clean up his room. He simply kept shoving stuff under his bed, until … one night it mutated into a huge garbage monster. Oh my! The monster was hungry for trash first and became more and more greedy. After devouring everything it could find to eat in the house, it moved on down the street to the neighbours’ garbage cans and beyond, growing bigger and smellier and nastier as it went.  I won’t give away more than that about the story, except to say there is a satisfying funny surprise ending.

The author’s descriptions along with his illustrations make this book an enjoyable environmental adventure. The gooey, oozy, garbage monster will have young readers eagerly turning pages to follow its progress.

Ron Lightburn wrote this book with a lesson in mind for children. He made recycling, composting, and cleaning up very memorable in an entertaining way through showing the experience of one young boy who refused to do them.  Released during the week of Earth Day, Frankenstink! Garbage Gone Bad is a wonderful book for children of all ages and ideal for the classroom. This book will appeal more to boys because of some of the words and creepy images the author included, but it will also appeal to girls who love a good story. And it’s simply a gorgeous book!

You can find Frankenstink! Garbage Gone Bad on my BUY THE BOOK! page.

 

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Are you enticed by distractions?

Two weeks ago I wrote about coyotes waking me in the wee hours of the morning.  Well, last night there was a full moon, and after reading until late, around 1:30 am I heard them again.  They sounded so close.  It wasn’t chilling as before but I am always captivated by their yipping and barking and howling.  I even wished I could see them doing all this, it’s fascinating.

After hearing them I got to thinking.  I know a farmer, who, when an animal in his herd dies, buries it immediately.  But I know of another farmer, when faced with the same situation, leaves it for the coyotes to clean up.  (Yes, that is me going .. ewwwww!)  And then he laments about coyotes being a nuisance around his farm.   Hmmm

Want to know where my thoughts went on that?  Bury it!  Keep the scavengers away.   If there is something to entice them they will return, you can count on it.   It’s the same with crows.   If they tear apart that bag of garbage waiting for pick-up, they will continue to come back on garbage collection days .. just in case.  They’re not stupid – although I’ve lambasted them more than once out of frustration … “Stupid crows! stay out of my garbage!

If it weren’t available to them they wouldn’t get it. There would be nothing to attract crows … or coyotes … or uninvited life forms of any kind.

Which leads me to my next point … it’s the same with sin in our lives.  When we have a bad habit or have done something which we regret, don’t leave it out for everyone to see and talk about – or in other words, don’t continue in it.   Bury it .. in Christ.  Hand it over to Him, repent, and move on without it.  Leave that negative thing behind.  It will reek of death, it will attract negatively interested parties, it will even keep enticing us to revisit it.  We must stay clear of negative influence, be it our own habit to be broken or the close company of persons with like interests of poor choice.

… And what communion has light with darkness? — 1 Corinthians 6:14c

The coyotes howl and sound exciting and wonderful but that doesn’t mean I can or should befriend them.  What looks good at a distance, up close may well lead to one’s downfall.

Are there things that entice you and lead you away into places you shouldn’t go, or even .. as for me .. into procrastination?  It seems that my biggest problem right now, and ongoing, is misuse of time.   (Any pointers?)

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!   🙂