- Associated Press - Friday, April 10, 2015

SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) - Wayne Roe’s first published book, “Franky the Son of Frankensteen Goes to School,” is based off his own experiences at Southeast Elementary School.

Six months ago, Roe, a 54-year-old graphic designer at DeCal Works in Kingston and a Sycamore resident, brought a children’s book he wrote and illustrated 13 years ago with his son, David, back to life - one of four featuring the son of the famed green-skinned, neck-bolted lurching Frankenstein, but spelled differently because of copyright.

“I didn’t have a whole lot of school, and I didn’t do the college thing, but I’ve been drawing cartoons since I was a kid,” Roe said. “I always thought Frankenstein was really cool growing up. I used to do a lot of Halloween crafts.”

Now, the 24-page story following the class monster’s son’s first day at Southeast after moving to Sycamore from Transylvania and his journey to being accepted by his peers - with the help of a spooky monster hiding under his bed brought to class during show and tell - has been published through Black Rose Writing and is available online at www.FrankyBook.com, with e-book versions coming soon.

“The whole purpose of not being accepted at any age because of your looks or background is devastating,” Roe said. “The book is a learning tool for kids. Maybe it will help kids accept others, and there will be less kids eating alone, playing alone.”



Both Roe and his son attended Southeast. Although he said neither struggled with fitting in during their school days, Roe was inspired by his second-grade teacher, Mrs. Nolan.

“I ran into her years later, and she still has that stuff I drew back in school,” Roe said.

Jana Roe, Wayne’s wife of 31 years, said artistry always has been prevalent in the house.

“(The book) was something my son and Wayne had worked on when he was younger,” she said. “It was just a fun activity to do when he was younger. It’s a great book, it has a lot of good lessons.”

The book also features some good father-son bonding, such as Frankensteen taking Franky out for ice cream and soda after his bad first day, or Frankensteen using his neck bolts to help jump the principal’s car battery.

The book ends with the warning “for now…” because Roe has written and drawn three other Franky books, and plans to publish them in the future, too.

“For the rest of the family, it’s great,” Jana Roe said. “For Wayne, it’s such a great accomplishment to be recalled. He’s always had that artistic ability. It’s a dream come true for him, to be honest.”

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Source: The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle, https://bit.ly/1Fgmr9p

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Information from: The Daily Chronicle, https://www.daily-chronicle.com

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