Today I'm pleased to review Frankenslime (Macmillan, 2021) written by Joy Keller and illustrated by Ashley Belote. I'm particularly excited since Ashley is the Carolinas-SCBWI illustrator coordinator and this is her debut picture book.
Take a look at this amazing cover!
Here is the book's simple, yet captivating first line:
Victoria Franken was a slime scientist.
What kid wouldn't want to keep reading after that?
Victoria loved experimenting and creating different slime combinations, but quickly became bored...
Along with her trusted research assistant, (her dog, Igor), Victoria set out to try some new combinations. Following the scientific method, Victoria didn't stop trying, even when she didn't exactly meet with success.
Victoria started creating slimes that were so amazing that people lined up to get them!
But Victoria wasn't satisfied. One night she got an idea that wouldn't let her rest. She and Igor went to her attic laboratory. While a storm raged outside, she poured and mixed until...
Victoria held her breath. Igor whimpered.
They watched as this newest slime became ALIVE!
Although Victoria initially runs away from her creation, "cursing her chemistry skills," in the end, Goop (as Victoria names him) becomes her new lab partner, and together they come up with slime recipes which they share at the end of the book.
Both children and adults (who are familiar with the Frankenstein story) will enjoy this book. The recipes at the end are a nice addition to a fictional picture book. The author has inserted a STEM connection too as Victoria learns the importance of recording her observations and results.
(Information for us picture book writers who want to know more about the illustrator side of things!)
- Website: www.AshleyBelote.com
- Instagram: @AshleyBeloteIllustration
- Twitter: @AshleyBelote1