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My 7 year old son is a huge fan of the author Jeremy Strong and we are slowing making our way through all his books. The latest book for bedtime is Krankensteins crazy house of horror. My son chose to read this not only because he loves the author but the cover also had huge appeal, with its scary looking house and the text above promising that this would make you laugh your socks off!
I recently reviewed Batpants, another of Jeremy Strong's offerings and this book follows a similar theme of the cosmic pyjamas! Charlie and his best friend Ben have landed in a spooky house of horrors all because of Charlie's new pyjamas.The pyjamas are decorated with lots of pictures of planets, little people, houses, castles and forests. When the pictures start to move and then the friends are suddenly they find themselves tumbling through space and into the house of horrors. They encounter an old woman who looks like a mummified octopus! She is truly scary and known as the stitcher. The boys soon become aware that the woman is surrounded by various body parts taken from broken toys. The stitcher spends her time making monsters, something she is not very god at! All the monster creations have problems such as feet that face the wrong way and back to front heads. The stitcher has a side kick known as Grumpfart who is always farting. The stitcher and Grumpfart are planning to take a horrible revenge on the world. The boys soon find that they are prisoners in this strange world. They meet a strange female monster known as small-tall who they befriend. Can the boys escape back to their own world in time to save the day or will the stitcher put her monsterpiece into practice?
This book is intended for children from aged 7. My son has really enjoyed having this read to him and found parts of it laugh out loud funny. The story is pure fantasy and although it involves a house of horrors it was never to scary. The monsters with their odd bodies and habits will appeal to most young children. The characters of Charlie and his friend Ben are very different with Ben being a bit manic and outgoing whilst Charlie is the quieter and more timid of the boys. The contrasting characters make the story more enjoyable and will help ensure that a child will be able to relate to a character. Although I read this to my son he really enjoyed reading some of the text written in bold such as SHHPLOOP! This book would be suitable for any confident reader to read alone although there are words that will probably need explaining.
The cartoon style black and white drawings compliment the story well and help with the descriptions of those monsters! At 160 pages this is an idea book to read chapter by chapter at bedtime. My son really looked forward to bedtime when we were reading this!
Jeremy Strong was born in 1949. He studied English at York University and after graduating he worked as a primary school teacher before becoming a head teacher. Story time must have been great fun for the children in his care! Jeremy Strong has written numerous children's books-far too many for me too list here! All are funny and aimed at primary school aged children. We have particularly enjoyed the battle for Christmas and the one hundred mile an hour dog.
Overall I can recommend this book. My son really enjoyed it and found it very funny in places. The story is pure fantasy and a bit mad! It is just the sort of book my son enjoys and hopefully others of the same age will too! We borrowed our paperback copy from the library. It is available form Amazon for just £3.42.