Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Book Review: How To Make Friends and Monsters

How to Make Friends and Monsters. Ron Bates. 2013. Zondervan. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Howard Boward is the narrator of How To Make Friends and Monsters. His mom, perhaps with the best intentions, gives him a copy of How to Make Friends; this gift isn't exactly appreciated. He'd hoped his lack of friends had gone unnoticed. He starts reading the book, however, but with a bit of a twist. He takes the "making" of friends literally. How to MAKE a friend if you're a genius-science kid. (Not quite following in the steps of Victor Frankenstein...but close.)

The book is odd, quirky, not quite believable, but a good deal of fun. Especially if you like Frankenstein (the book) OR Encino Man (the movie).

Other than the fact that it is published by a Christian publisher, I haven't found any real reason why this middle grade book is specifically "Christian". I think it would work for a wider audience.

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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