Kid’s Book Review: Frankenstiltskin – Fairy Tales Gone Bad

Kid’s Book Review: Frankenstiltskin – Fairy Tales Gone Bad

About the Book and Poet

This is the second title in the Fairy Tales Gone Bad series by award-winning poet Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Freya Hartas.

In this book Frankenstein meets Rumpelstiltkin in this expertly-stitched story about a powerful king, a girl unafraid to stand up for her beliefs, and a monstrous little creature with magic – and greed – in his bones. The story about a taxidermist is cleverly told in verse and not suitable for the faint-hearted!

You can read our kids review of the first title in the series by the same creative duo here: Zombierella


Frankenstiltskin Cover
Jospeh Coelho

Joseph Coelho won the CLiPPA for his debut collection Werewolf Club Rules in 2015. He is a writer, performer and co-founder of Word Pepper Theatre Company. Joe’s poems have been published in several anthologies. Overheard in a Tower Block is his second solo collection and was shortlisted for the CLiPPA 2018. He has also had two picture books published Luna Loves Library Day, illustrated by Fiona Lumbers, and If all the world were…, illustrated by Allison Colpoys. You can find out more from Joseph’s website.

Freya Hartas is a UK based illustrator specialising in children’s books. She lives in the vibrant city of Bristol with her partner and their ancient black cat Katsu and works from her cosy, cluttered desk in a shared studio down the road . She graduated from Falmouth University with a first class honours in BA Illustration in 2014. Freya loves to conjure up humorous characters, animals and monsters, creating the most fantastical worlds for them to inhabit and get lost in. She has worked on picture books and a number of classic chapter book illustrations for older children.


Book Review

I think I would recommend it to people who like freaky stories and excitement.

It is a good tale, although slightly freaky and grim as it’s about a taxidermist and a creature who can bring people and animals back to life. I have to say my favourite character was probably the feather masked guard. One of the reasons I liked it and couldn’t put it down was the fact that it kept me guessing.

My favourite part was the descriptions in chapter 13, it made me feel like I was there. There was another scene with a song in it which I thought was written well as it’s tricky to add songs into books.

This book made me feel a range of emotions such as excited, happy, sad and puzzled. As much as I enjoyed it, I didn’t like the giant time gap in the middle where they skipped a few years.

The pictures in the book are great. I particularly like the illustrations on pages 152-153 and 163-164. You’ll have to get the book and see if you agree with me!

I think I would recommend it to people who like freaky stories and excitement.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Danny
  • Age: 10 years
  • Likes: Walking in the woods, swimming and playing games
  • Dislikes: coconut
  • Favourite Book: The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
  • Favourite Film: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azcaban
  • Favourite Song: Danny O (Banana Boat Song)