All bookseller links are provided so you can get more information about a book. We have affiliate relationships with Barefoot Books,, and Tapestry Books. All revenue generated from sales through these venues is used strictly to cover website costs and minimize donation requests and fundraising campaigns.

Encourage older children to read to their younger brothers and sisters. Older children enjoy showing off their skills... More

      Printer Friendly

Click cover to buy:

WONKENSTEIN (The Creature from My Closet, #1)

Author: Obert Skye

Illustrator: Obert Skye

Reserve at the Library

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR), 2011

Material: hard cover

Summary: Rob has a closet full of books and science experiments. One day, a little creature came out from the closet. The creature was a combination of Willy Wonka and Frankenstein, so Rob named him Wonkenstein. Together, Rob and Wonkenstein go on many exciting adventures. Rob is a very troubled kid and Wonkenstein is on a mission to help Rob. But what happens when his mission is over? This is the first title in this middle grade fantasy series.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book, remedial reader

Recommended Age: read together: 9 and Up; read yourself: 11 and Up

Interest Level: 9 to 13

Reading Level: 5.3

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: I liked this book because of how Wonkenstein helped Rob through his problems. They had lots of adventures and had so much fun doing them. It was so sad when Wonkenstein had to leave when he finished his mission. The story is very suspenseful and has a great mystery. Fantasy lovers will like it too because there are lots of made-up characters. This is a quick read that you can finish in just a few days. You will absolutely love the excitement this was a great little book.

Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Pros: Lots of action and humor combine in this mystery/fantasy for preteens. It will also appeal to remedial readers as a high interest / low readability book.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. If Book 1 is a hit, then I would buy several of these.


Educational Themes: This is a series meant to engage preteens who often stop reading for fun, but there are definitely themes worth bringing to life. One would be to ask kids what kind of imaginary creature would emerge from the stuff in their closet. The story has a number of life lessons for kids that it presents with humor and in a "back-handed" way. For example, Rob doesn't like to read but he has to go to the library (doing things you don't like to do).

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, mystery, humor, series

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2013

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at and


Copyright © 2003 - 2018. The Reading Tub, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
The Reading Tub and Turning a Page ... Opening the World are registered trademarks of The Reading Tub Inc.
No use of these trademarks is permitted without written approval of The Reading Tub, Inc.
Privacy Policy.     Site developed by Sites2BeSeen.