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Frankenstink! Garbage Gone Bad

Lightburn, Rob (Author/Illustrator)
Tundra Books 2015.
First published: 2015
ISBN: 9781770496941 (hardcover)
9781770496965 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

setting, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This cautionary clean-up tale insinuates that all the garbage swept carelessly under the bed, given the right conditions, can turn into a growing, trash-gobbling monster. Each stage of the creature’s growth is exaggerated through onomatopoeia and emphatic fonts, and the rhyming couplets create a mounting sense of dread: “The garbage-bag contents are soon gobbled up/with a BURP and a BELCH and a hearty HICCUP./The neighbours have also got garbage bags stacked/with more tempting treats, as a matter of fact.” After the monster bursts, spewing green goo everywhere, the unnamed protagonist wakes from his nightmare and, chastened, promptly grabs a mop.

The depictions of the forgotten garbage start out fairly staid—some bugs rifle through spilled pop and a banana peel left under the bed—but soon morph into a goopy, slimy, tentacular blob consuming all the garbage in its path as it grows bigger and grosser. Rendered in shadowy blues and purples, the illustrations convincingly convey a nighttime trash attack, until the final, brightly lit cleanup. Playful details abound, like the little dog vacuuming to help his young master tidy his room.

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    Discuss what happens to food scraps and garbage when they are left lying around.

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    As the story evolves, so do the illustrations. Discuss how the illustrations support the written text to help you understand the story.

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    Join other classmates for a choral reading of the text. Remember to put strong emphasis on bold words and rhymes.

  •  What is the big idea that the author is trying to convey? How does this idea relate to your life? How can you act responsibly when it comes to garbage? Write your response in your reader-writer’s notebook.
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    Discuss what happens to food scraps and garbage when they are left lying around.

  •  Go for a picture walk. Discuss how the monster from under the bed evolves throughout the story.
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    As the story is read aloud, notice the words that are related to the theme of garbage. Reuse them by writing a short poem such as an acrostic, Haiku or cinquain.

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    Discuss your home and city’s strategies toward unwanted objects and garbage. Does everything get thrown away?

  • To exercise critical judgment
  • To use information
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Science and Technology