This picture book has been canceled.


How can characters be on the front flap of a canceled book?

Good question.

The crayons are ready to tell the thrilling tale of Frankencrayon. The costumes are made, the roles are cast, the pages are all set—but then disaster strikes. Someone has scribbled on the page! Hideous! Horrifying! The story can’t go on! Try as they might, the crayons can’t erase the scribble, and this picture book must be canceled—until the crayons playing the title role of Frankencrayon think of a solution, that is. Michael Hall breaks borders and invites readers behind the scenes with his irresistible, clever style and bold artwork. A book about seeing beauty in unexpected places and the magic of storytelling.

Greenwillow Books, 2016, 40 pages, hardcover 978-0-06225-212-8, paperback 978-1-3382-2262-3

purchase links: local bookseller : barnes & noble : amazon

selected reviews


Frankencrayon is a work of range, virtuosity, intelligence and care befitting a first-rate book for adults”


“Frankencrayon is another great work by a unique storytelling voice.”

School Library Journal (starred review)

“A monstrously entertaining read.”

The Horn Book

“This book’s complex plot-within-a-plot structure … offers inspiration for thinking about theater, bookmaking, and storytelling.”

Barnes & Noble Kids Blog

“A extraordinary follow-up to Hall’s equally imaginative Red: A Crayon’s Story … This is a Greek drama, suffused with deadpan comedy and a brilliant plot-within-a-plot structure.”

The Globe and Mail

“The cultural norm pushes us to be organized, efficient—to have a place for everything and have everything in its place. Frankencrayon is a beautiful, heartfelt plea for us to get over this.”

Publishers Weekly

“ … Deadpan humor and nested realities make for clever, provocative entertainment.”