speech and language teaching concepts for Crankenstein in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/kr/ initial
/k/ medial
/st/ medial
/er/ final



Book Details:
Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary


By Samantha Berger and Dan Santat

BEWARE OF CRANKENSTEIN! He’s a little monster of crankiness that no one can destroy! MEHHRRRR!!! He may look like any ordinary boy, but when faced with a rainy day, a melting popsicle, or an early bedtime, one little boy transforms into a mumbling, grumbling Crankenstein. When Crankenstein meets his match in a fellow Crankenstein, the results could be catastrophic–or they could be just what he needs to brighten his day! This hilarious and relatable tale of grumpiness gone awry will turn toddler tantrums to giggles in no time.

This funny feelings/emotion book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like how to deal with crankiness. It is also great for noticing character expressions, illustrations, and text features! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Crankenstein in speech therapy below: ​

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
illustration study
text features

Character Analysis:

Crankenstein hates anything that is an inconvenience to him though always seems to be in the worst place at the worst time… until one day when he meets another Crankenstein and finally has someone to relate to.


What are some things that make you cranky?
What do you do when your cranky to cheer yourself up?
How do you feel when you have someone that you can talk to?

Notice facial expressions and body language

Text Features:

speech bubbles
change in text color
enlarged and exaggerated text for emphasis


How does Crankenstein feel about waking up?
Why do you think you might see him when it’s rainy, extra cold out or way too hot?
Why did he say “meh?”
Why did they laugh at each other?


What do you think Crankenstein likes?
What do you think will make him happy?
What do you think he will do when he meets another Crankenstein?