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Grades 4 - 8Grades 4 - 6n/a5.318640

Twelve-year-old underachiever Rob has better things to do than read. His parents give him lots of books but most of them just end up in the messy pile of junk he keeps locked in his closet that once doubled as a makeshift science laboratory. One day, Rob hears weird sounds coming from behind his closet door and discovers a funny little creature that seems to be a cross between two characters from books he's tried to ignore. He names him Wonkenstein.

Keeping track of "Wonk" is hard work. But with help from friends and a little off-the-wall magic, Rob and Wonkenstein's crazy adventures set the stage for great laughs . . . and Rob might even read some good books along the way.

Hardcover, 240 pages
Published on September 27, 2011 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
ISBN-10: 0805092684
ISBN-13: 9780805092684
49 Book Reviews
  • bookstory14
    bookstory14Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 5:39 pm55 stars
    This is the first book to the most HILARIOUS series I've ever read! 12-year-old Robert Columbo Burnside experimented with ordinary house items in his door-less closet, making it a big MESS. And when his mother gave him tons and tons of books to read, well, he just threw them into the chaos of a closet. Rob's dad came home with a weirdly shaped door and fitted it on his closet (where it stayed), proclaiming it looked just right. The door has an EMBARRASSING unicorn sticker on it that just would not come off, and a doorknob with a face that Rob named Beardy. But lo and behold, Beardy locked Rob out of his closet! When Rob finally gets back in, he discovers a little creature that was a, shall I say, interesting cross between Willy Wonka and Frankenstein. Rob stumbles into an adventure led by little Wonk, who grows his toes and is always ready to pull a prank. If there was anything Rob learned, it's that books aren't always what they seem! --BKS reviews
    • lionstigers07
      lionstigers07Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 5:00 am55 stars
      Obert skye’s first book is amazing! Trying to read all of them. Keep writing
      • itzbuttermc
        itzbuttermcFriday, January 29, 2016 at 3:40 am
        read a year or so after it came out. loved it
        • sonotvic
          sonotvicSaturday, January 2, 2016 at 9:01 am
          'Wonkenstein' by Obert Skye is an amazing book. I read it over the summer, and it blew my mind! I was one of the most hilarious books I've ever read!
          • autistic
            autisticWednesday, December 30, 2015 at 1:16 pm55 stars
            Best book I've read so far in the series can't wait 2 read more stories about Robert Columbo Burnside and his weird yet cool closet
            • itzbuttermc
              itzbuttermcFriday, January 29, 2016 at 3:41 am
              austictic there are 5 more books in the series
            • rockstar8
              rockstar8Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 8:50 pm55 stars
              Best book I ever read so far👍
              • laugh-a-palooza
                laugh-a-paloozaTuesday, December 29, 2015 at 7:11 pm55 stars
                Hilarious can't wait 2 read more best thing 👀 ever read👍
                • s138783
                  s138783Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 1:29 pm
                  It is a cool book
                  • inventor60
                    inventor60Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 4:46 pm
                    Wonkenstein is a creature in a closet in little Rob's closet. When Rob's closet is filled with junk, and candy wrappers, and the books his parents give him, he hates them and throws them in. But Rob finds it hard to deal with Wonk. At the end, they work together to solve his school problems. I reccomend this book to 5th graders.
                    • hullo
                      hulloMonday, September 21, 2015 at 3:19 pm33 stars
                      This book was okay I geuss. There is this kid, his name is Rob, and he hates books that whenever his parents give him books, he just throws it in his closet. Suddenly one day.... a Wonkentien pops out his closet! Wonkentein is a creature from 2 books. Read this book to find out more!