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Zinc Alloy vs Frankenstein
Zinc Alloy vs Frankenstein
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Graphic Sparks

Zinc Alloy vs Frankenstein

by Donald Lemke
Illustrated by Douglas Holgate

When a good deed goes bad, an angry mob chases Zinc Alloy out of Metro City. To escape, he hides in a creepy, old house on the edge of town. But inside, the world’s newest superhero faces his most frightening challenge yet — robo Frankenstein! Can Zinc survive against this two-ton terror, or will he become monster mush?

PublisherStone Arch Books
BrandGraphic Sparks
Age Level8-10 Years
Reading LevelGrades 1-3
GenreFantasy & Science Fiction
Trim Size6 x 9
Page Count40



School Library Journal - Lisa Gieskes

"Aliens Eek and Ack want to find out why Earth is so hard to conquer. They dress up in “traditional Earthling costumes” and arrive on the planet during a meteor shower, a perfect disguise for their landing. They do not realize that it is Halloween or that the Wolfman is on the loose. Harpster’s characters are wonderfully drawn in dark colors, and readers see the full emotion behind these charming aliens. Reluctant readers new to graphic novels will love this book. In the second title, Zack Allen is bullied at school. When a tornado hits his town, he turns into Zinc Alloy, superhero. Things go haywire when his suit backfires and sends him through the toilet. He destroys the town by accident, and an angry mob decides that he is a mutant. He runs for cover in the forest, where he meets Frankenstein, who turns out to be a girl. They fight, but become friends as soon as Frankenstein hears that Zinc Alloy likes the comic book Robo Hero. They join forces and wash the town clean but leave it without drinking water. Holgate’s illustrations are explosive and exaggerated and will appeal to children. Both books include a list of characters, a glossary, discussion questions, writing prompts, and Internet sites." - School Library Journal

September 1, 2009

Library Journal, "Graphic Novels for Reluctant Readers: 33 Titles" - Martha Cornog

"Zack Allen gets bullied at school big-time, but he can morph into Zinc Alloy, superhero. Sounds cool—until his exploits go haywire. In this adventure, his mess-ups get him run out of town, which leads to him meeting and bonding with Frankenstein (they like the same comic books). Exaggerated action art, plus these extras: a list of characters, a glossary, discussion questions, writing prompts, background on Frankenstein, and web sites. There are several more books in the series." - Library Journal, "Graphic Novels for Reluctant Readers: 33 Titles"

March 18, 2010


Graphic Novel Challenge - Nicola Manning

"Graphic Novels for Reluctant Readers These two books come from Stone Arch Books and are a part of a larger series called Graphic Sparks which the publishers describe as "good-humored", graphic novels especially designed for younger readers with "wacky comic-book-style artwork". And I concur with that. As with all Stone Arch graphic novels they are also well suited for educational use. With the back pages containing: About the Author, About the Illustrator, Glossary, More about the topic of interest (in this case the myth of werewolves and a brief history of Frankenstein), Discussion Questions and Writing Prompts. Plenty of material for a teacher to buy a set and include these graphic novels in a book study. Of course, we just read the books here at home! No further study required. Eek & Ack vs the Wolfman by Blake A Hoena. Illustrated by Steve Harpster. 33 pgs. 2009. RL: 1.8. Eek & Ack are two aliens who fly around in a spaceship which looks suspiciously like a washing machine. They decide to visit Earth to find out why it is so hard to conquer. They arrive on Halloween night dressed in costume with funny results but eventually meet up with a Wolfman who has also used the night to fit in with humans and decides that Eek & Ack look tasty . Lots of fun! My son had a great time reading this one, even though there were quite a few hard words for him. I had to help him out quite a bit but he loved the characters and really enjoyed the story. He would be very happy if we placed another Eek and Ack book in his hands and fortunately there are several already out about the alien duo. The illustrations are wonderful! Done in cool colours, most pages showcase greens, blues and purples and they are a perfect fit for the story. 4/5 Zinc Alloy vs Frankenstein by Donald Lemke. Illustrated by Douglas Holgate. RL: 1.9. 2009. 33 pgs. Zack Allen has a robotic suit that turns him into a superhero, Zinc Alloy. A twister is headed his way and when Zinc tries to push it out of the path of his town he short circuits and ends up in the forest where he comes face to face with another robot, Frankenstein! Zinc's superhero efforts all seem to lead to unexpected results. Another fun book that my 9yo son really enjoyed. My son is a reluctant reader and the superhero aspect of this book grabbed him right away. Some words are a bit difficult but with me sitting beside him and helping as needed the story kept him going and frustration-free as he enjoyed the fast-paced action and the subtle humour found in some of the illustrations. It's wonderful to find books that are easy to read but hold the interest of an older child. When he finished reading this my son's first words were "Are there any more Zinc books?" So we flipped the book over and there on the back cover were the pictures of the first two in the series! 4/5" - Graphic Novel Challenge

June 23, 2009


Graphic Novel Reporter

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Donald Lemke

Donald Lemke

Donald Lemke works as a children’s book editor. He has written dozens of all-age comics and children's books for Capstone, HarperCollins, Running Press, and more. Donald lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his brilliant wife, Amy, toddling toddler, Cleo, and a not-so-golden retriever named Paulie.

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